An Italian Coast Guard official swore in frustration at the captain of the stricken Costa Concordia after the ship hit rocks Friday night, ordering him at least 10 times to return to the cruise liner and coordinate rescue efforts, a transcript of the conversation published Tuesday shows.
Authorities in the port of Livorno seemed to believe the captain had abandoned ship with passengers still on board, a report in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra suggests.
"You get on board! This is an order!" the Coast Guard official instructed Capt. Francesco Schettino.
"You have declared 'Abandon ship.' Now I'm in charge. You get on board - is that clear?" the port official said.
Schettino says at one point that he wants to go back on board, then refers to "other rescuers" and says something about a lifeboat being stuck.
Italian prosecutors confirmed that the quotes match ones in a transcript they were using in their investigation.
The dramatic conversation was published as the captain faced a court hearing to determine whether he remains in jail while the investigation continues, and as divers continued desperate attempts to find survivors.
Navy explosives experts blew a hole in the hull of the vessel to allow access for search-and-rescue teams, Italian Navy officials said Tuesday.
At least 11 people were known dead as a result of the wreck, including five bodies located on Tuesday, according Coast Guard Captain Filippo Marini. Before the discovery, officials listed 28 people as missing.FULL STORY