(ANSA) - Grosseto, February 11 - The captain of the cruise
ship that crashed and killed 32 people off the coast of Italy
two years ago said Tuesday it was up to his crew to launch an
abandon-ship alert and not him personally.
"The captain delegates. There are predisposed people who
have to carry out what I say," said Francesco Schettino, who was
manning the Costa Concordia the night it struck a rock off the
Tuscan island of Giglio on January 13, 2012.
On trial for manslaughter, Schettino spoke to reporters
after former first mate Roberto Bosio told a court he gave the
order to abandon ship.
Asked if he had done so in the face of Schettino's
"inertia", Bosio replied "Yes, the captain did not give the
order" because he was allegedly on the phone and telling his
subordinates "Wait, wait".
Bosio claimed there was "anger" among the ship's officers,
who were "swearing" at Schettino.
Schettino, dubbed Captain Coward, denies the charges and
claims he made a last-minute manoeuvre that saved lives.
He also claims his actions were aimed at "avoiding panic"
among the passengers.
On Monday the court heard that Concordia captains had been
"competing" with each other over a number of years to get closer
to the island to perform the risky salute that led to Italy's
worst postwar maritime disaster.