Francesco Shetino, the captain of the Costa Concordia, left the ship “half an hour” before hundreds of his passengers, it became clear this morning through a transcript of a conversation between him and the local coast guard.
Captain Francesco Shetino, 52, who will be questioned today by investigating magistrate Valeria Montesarcio, lied to the captain of Livorno’s port coast guard when asked how many people were on board the sinking liner, Italian media reported today.
Francesco Sketino initially answered “40” when, in fact, there were hundreds who were still at risk, and admitted during additional interrogations that he was not even there.
The captain of the Costa Concordia then disregarded the order to return to the sinking ship – with some reports suggesting that he agreed to return, but only to take the black box.
An everyday fact published transcripts of the conversation, which allegedly took place on Friday night.
The first call to the boat took place at 9:49 p.m., where the Coast Guard asked what the situation was. The boat was stranded about 30 minutes ago.
They did not speak again until 0:42 a.m., just 40 minutes after the evacuation began, when Francesco Shetino was asked how many people were on board.
He answered “40”. The Coast Guard, surprised, asked how so few people remained on board, and Francesco Shetino replied: “I’m not on board because we abandoned the ship.”
The Coast Guard asked him to return to the ship to coordinate the evacuation.
At 1:46 a.m., Francesco Sketino received another call. He said: “You will return to the boat immediately. You have to tell me how many passengers are left. ”
Confusingly, Francesco Shetino replied: “I’m on board, but I’m here.” The Coast Guard, which according to Italian media understands that he has no intention of returning, issued an ultimatum:
“Captain, this is an order.” I answer now. There are dead bodies. “
The transcript came when Francesco Scetino was named “the most hated man in Italy.”
And this precedes the revelation of a survivor that the men were pushing past children shouting “I don’t want to die” because the young and the old were “abandoned by the crew.”
Captain Francesco Shetino, who lives with his wife Fabiola and their 15-year-old daughter in a $ 275,000 apartment in the small coastal town of Meta di Sorrento near Naples, is at the center of a Facebook hate campaign after being accused of cruising the liner got stuck.
Thousands flocked to the network to vent their anger at the so-called “Captain Coward”, who is now said to have been “caught” off the Tuscan island of Giglio not only to greet a retired officer but also to impress the chief’s family. waiter on the beach.
Many despised his decision not to stay with his shipwreck. The official death toll rose to seven this morning after another body was removed from the leaning remains. Last night, the number of as yet unknown increased to 29-25 passengers and four crews.
Francesco Shetino, who faces up to 12 years in prison for manslaughter, will appear in court today after his company’s bosses accused him of an “unauthorized and unapproved” decision to sail so close to the east side of Giglio Island.
The Costa Concordia, a $ 600 million ship with 4,200 passengers and crew, was only 300 meters from the island’s rocky shore when it had to be at least four miles to sea. Grief ensued on Friday night after a 160-foot breach in the port’s hull.
After quickly getting off the list, Francesco Sketino was arrested along with First Officer Ciro Ambrosio.
Captain Francesco Sketino was spotted wrapped in a blanket on his way to shore around 11:30 pm – more than four hours before the end of the ship’s evacuation – and violating the maritime tradition of staying with his ship.
An Italian report states that Francesco Shetino called a taxi and told the driver: “Get me as far away from here as possible.”
Tuscan prosecutor Franco Verusio, who is leading the investigation, said: “Captain Shetino was in command.” He was the one who ordered this course to be taken, at least according to what we found. There was someone in particular who wanted to be signaled by the ship. ”
Francesco Shetino is said to have ordered the doomed voyage to the island as a “salute of respect” to former Costa Commander Mario Palombo, whose parents are from Giglio, it is alleged.
The stunt – as passengers enjoyed dinner at 9.30pm – on Friday – was obviously a favor for the ship’s manager, Antonello Tievoli, who lives on the island.
Italian news reports that minutes before the Costa Concordia crashed into an underwater reef just two hours on a seven-day Mediterranean cruise, Francesco Shetino told the head waiter: “Come and see, we pass over your Giglio.”
After his rescue, it is understood that Antonello Tievoli joked: “I never thought they would leave me at home.”
His 82-year-old father, Giuseppe, said his son had called before the incident to say the crew would greet him by giving a whistle to the ship as they passed.
Giuseppe Tievoli said: “Antonello called and said we had to look out the window around 9:30 pm because he would be on the ship and he would go right to Giglio. All the ships do it, but they never get that close – I was at the window with my wife and, as he said, the ship passed him. ”
Antonello Tievoli’s sister, Patricia, a teacher on the island, posted on Facebook 30 minutes before the disaster, saying: “Soon Costa Concordia will pass really, really close, great health to my brother, who will go down to Savona and finally enjoy some rest.”
Antonello Tievoli, 46, has already been questioned by investigators, while Mario Palombo, who retired in 2006 due to ill health, is also expected to be questioned.
Mario Palombo last night insisted that the “sea bow” was not intended for him, as he was not on the island at the time.
“I went to the prosecutor’s office after being involved in all this. They made me feel responsible. “
It is said that the cascade of sailing along the island has become something of a tradition for the Costa Concordia. In August, he surrounded Giglio with a whistle, urging the mayor to send a congratulatory email to the captain to provide such a “tourist show.”
A state of emergency has been declared around the injured ship after an unidentified liquid began to leak from the ship. Protective barriers have been set up around Costa Concordia.
Speaking to Sky News, Giglio Mayor Sergio Ortelli said: “It’s an environmental time bomb.
“I hope that the fuel can be removed from the ship soon and maybe the ship can also be removed because it makes navigation difficult.”
Francesco Shetino is also accused of eating beautiful women while the liner crashed into rocks, and of breaking into the safe before a ship jumped.
Monique Mourek, 41, from the Netherlands, said: “What scandalized me the most was when I saw the captain spend most of the evening before hitting the rocks to drink at the bar with a beautiful woman on hand.
“Most people didn’t even know what the evacuation warning sound would be like. Just because some of us were already on a cruise, we realized that seven horn sounds were a signal to leave the ship. “
Francesco Shetino told marine investigators that the charts show he was in water deep enough to navigate and hit an unidentified rocky outlet on the island.
As soon as Francesco Shetino realized the extent of the damage, he immediately tried to change the route and turned to the safety of the port of Giglio.
His lawyer, Bruno Leporatti, said Francesco Shetino had been “overcome and wanted to express his deepest condolences to the victims”.
But he said Francesco Sketino’s actions in anchoring the ship at one end to turn it closer to shore after the collision “saved the lives of thousands of people”.
“It could have been a huge tragedy,” Add Bruno Leporati.
Costa Crociere chairman and CEO Pierre Luigi Foschi told reporters that in his assessment for 2011, the liner had passed all safety and technical tests.
Explaining that the ship was “extremely safe”, Luigi Foski said the captain had made an unauthorized and unauthorized deviation from the ship’s programmed course.
Luigi Foski said: “This route was introduced correctly. The fact that he left this course is due solely to a maneuver by a commander who was unapproved, unauthorized and unknown to Costa. “
The CEO of Costa Crociere added that the company’s main concern is the safety and well-being of passengers and crew, as well as ensuring that fuel does not leak from the uncovered hull into the pristine waters off Giglio Island.
Costa Crociere is a subsidiary of Carnival Cruise Lines.
Carnival PLC, the owner of the capsized boat, saw its share price fall by about a fifth.