Costa Concordia restaurant manager admits asking for detour
Wrecked cruiser maitre d' and his family live on Giglio island29 October, 14:20
Schettino is on trial in the Tuscan city of Grosseto, where he faces a sentence of up to 20 years for multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty for his role in the shipwreck that took 32 lives.
"During a dinner, I asked Commander Schettino to pass Giglio from a shorter distance than the usual five miles. And on January 6, it seemed to me that we were closer than usual," said Antonio Tievoli, who lives on Giglio island with his family.
"Schettino, arriving afterward on the bridge, was not enthusiastic about the distance. He thought that it was not close enough," Tievoli said that Schettino told his deputy to take note to try again the following week," Tievoli added.
"To me it seemed already closer enough than usual, and I thanked him," continued Tievoli.
Before leaving Civitavecchia on January 13, 2012, the day of the shipwreck, Tievoli "Schettino contacted me to reserve a table at the restaurant, reminding me that there was the pass by Giglio to make".
Tievoli added that he contacted his relatives, including his mother, to inform them of the captain's plan.