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Concordia captain tells reporters to 'read up'

Schettino lays into journalists after ship inspection

27 February, 16:45
Concordia captain tells reporters to 'read up' (see previous) (ANSA) - Giglio Island, February 27 - Disgraced former captain Francesco Schettino, who was in command of the Costa Concordia cruise ship when it crashed into rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio and capsized in January 2012, exchanged cross words with reporters on Thursday, telling them to "read up" on the facts.

"Those who continue to talk about the order to abandon ship do not understand a f****** thing," he told journalists after returning to Giglio following a court-ordered inspection of the stricken liner's generator room and lifts. Dubbed "captain coward" by the media for allegedly abandoning ship without overseeing the evacuation, Schettino is currently on trial in Grosseto in Tuscany on charges of multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty.

In the event of an accident at sea "it is necessary to mitigate the consequences between an abandon-ship order and the panic created among passengers and people on board," he said.