De Falco says Costa captain ignored order to return to ship
Coast guard thought Schettino did not realize severity of crisis09 December, 16:20
De Falco spoke at the criminal trial of Francesco Schettino, charged with multiple counts of manslaughter in the shipwreck in January 2012 that killed 32 people as well as plunging thousands into the seas off the Tuscany.
"I urged Captain Schettino to get back on the ship but did not succeed," De Falco said, as he recalled his phone conversation with the captain who he thought did not understand how serious the situation was. De Falco is well known for ordering Schettino to "get back on board, dammit" during the rescue operations.