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Concordia mate says he pushed abandon ship button

Schettino saying 'wait' amid officers' anger claims Bosio

11 February, 13:22
Concordia mate says he pushed abandon ship button (ANSA) - Grosseto, February 11 - Costa Concordia former first mate Roberto Bosio told a court Tuesday he gave the order to abandon the cruise liner that went aground on Tuscany's Giglio Island in January 2012 killing 32.

"I pushed the abandon ship button," Bosio told the trial of former captain Francesco Schettino, who is accused of manslaughter.

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.

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.

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