Witness says Schettino's orders not understood by helmsman
Ursino testifies ship captain gave orders but did not intervene28 October, 15:35
Twice, the captain repeated his orders and warned the ship would otherwise hit the rocks of the island of Giglio - but Schettino did not actually intervene to help, said Ursino, testifying at the trial of the captain.
Ursino said he was trying to assist.
"I stood beside the helmsman because we were going with manual navigation and also because sometimes there was need for repeating orders, which were given in English," he testified.
"I did so on my initiative".
Schettino is on trial in the Tuscan city of Grossetto for charges including multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty.