Italian cruise ship captain rebuffs indictment request
'Thousands more would be dead were it not for me' says Schettino26 February, 17:08
Schettino, dubbed 'captain coward' by the Italian media, is writing a book aimed at explaining how he allegedly averted an even greater disaster.
"All of the reconstructions have demonstrated that if I didn't maneuver the ship in that way it would have sunk at the stern, pulling down thousands of people with it," he said Tuesday.
He has apologised for being "distracted" when his ship capsized on January 13 after hitting a rock while sailing close to Giglio island to 'salute' local residents, stressing he was not at the command of the ship at the time.