January 25th, 2012
10:46 AM ET

Cruise ship captain admits 'mistake' in deposition

In his answers to prosecutors, defense attorneys and a judge, the captain of the ill-fated cruise ship Costa Concordia admitted he made a "mistake" in colliding with rocks off the Italian island of Giglio.

However, in statements made during a phone conversation with a friend earlier this month, Capt. Francesco Schettino said he was pressured by managers to steer the ship to the area where the collision occurred, two Italian newspapers reported Wednesday.

Both Costa Cruises and authorities have criticized Schettino's behavior. He is under house arrest and faces possible charges of manslaughter, shipwreck and abandoning ship in the January 13 incident, when the vessel struck rocks and rolled over onto its side in the waters off the island.

A 16th body was found on the ship Tuesday. Sixteen others are still missing from the roughly 4,200 people aboard the cruise liner - 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members - at the time of the collision.

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  1. Portland tony

    Sinking of your boat is probably considered a "mistake" just about every time!

    January 25, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    Oh good. I'm glad that's been cleared up.

    January 25, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jojo

    What a whining boze! Blame everyone else but his own stupid orders...or lack of them. Do a Flip Wilson: the Devil made me do it!

    January 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sparky

    They should make him search the ship for the people that are missing.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tingle

      Great idea!

      January 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rooney©

    He's still not taking responsiblity for his actions but at least he's admitting one of his mistakes. Now he needs to admit everything else he's done wrong.
    @sparky: I like that idea!

    January 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sparky

    It would make him think about falling into lifeboats!

    January 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It was an "accident" that he fell in, wasn't it?
      What a coward.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sparky

    Sos, Save Our Selfish!

    January 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |