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De Falco says Costa captain ignored order to return to ship

Coast guard thought Schettino did not realize severity of crisis

09 December, 16:20
De Falco says Costa captain ignored order to return to ship (See related) (ANSA) - Grosseto, December 9 - Coast Guard Commander Gregorio De Falco testified Monday that he tried without success to convince the captain of the Costa Concordia to return to his duties and help passengers on the sinking cruise ship.

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.

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