October 15th, 2012
09:46 AM ET

Captain in Italian shipwreck disaster faces survivors in court

The captain of an Italian cruise ship that wrecked in January, killing 32 people, entered court Monday to hear evidence against him as a dozen survivors looked on.

It was the first time that passengers who made it through the Costa Concordia disaster saw Francesco Schettino face-to-face.

He faces allegations of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck, abandoning ship, failing to report an accident to the coast guard and destroying a natural habitat, a prosecutor said earlier this year. The ship struck rocks and turned on its side off the Italian island of Giglio on January 13.

Schettino was released from house arrest in July. He was fired last week by the Costa Crociere parent company, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

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  1. banasy©

    This man deserves whatever he gets.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Seriously, now?
      Keep rocking it, schoolboy.
      Tick tock.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    1st he tried to say all was well, then he had to admitt that he wasn't even on the ship! He didn't even know how many passengers he was carrying! How did he get this job? He should be found guilty on every count! He wasn't just negligent, but cowardly, inept & disorganized! I hope there's an inquiry into the company that hired him! They obviously need better screening methods!!

    October 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |