Facebook Status Reveals Why Cruise Captain Came Near Shore

    January 16, 2012
    Mike Tuttle
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The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, has been placed under arrest and may be facing manslaughter charges stemming from the six deaths authorities now say he caused.

Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper reports that the captain executed a swing-by maneuver near the island of Giglio so the ship’s head waiter could wave to family on shore. It is not known if the waiter asked for the maneuver, or if the captain intended to surprise him.

The waiter’s sister had posted a Facebook status:

Which translates to:

‘Shortly the “Concordia di Costa Cociere” will be close. A salute to my brother, who will finally disembark for a holiday in Savona.’

However, apparently the captain misjudged the maneuver and crashed the ship into the rocks near the island. More than 4,000 people were evacuated in the night. Six have been found dead so far; fifteen are still missing.

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    I hope for the captain that they find this accusation to be untrue… I can’t imagine someone pulling such a childish stunt with 4k people on board. If indeed he did do this, I hope he sits in jail for a long time.

    • john seitz

      It is pretty easy to believe. He left the ship in one of the early life boats, covered with a blanket to conseal his identity, then lied on shore that he left last.

  • Soud

    actually, I believe this is that caused the crash