A magazine has highlighted the blunders which were made by the captain of Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, before and after the accident
Even though it has been many months since the time Costa Concordia sank, yet surprising details about Francesco Schettino, the captain of the ship, still keep on emerging. Recently, some surprising facts about Schettino's behaviour during and after the accident, were disclosed in the May issue of Vanity Fair Magazine. The article on the sinking of Costa Concordia, details a series of blunders and errors which were made on the part of the captain of the cruise, and how he behaved during the entire episode.
The Costa Concordia shipwreck took place in January and it is being considered as the largest shipwreck in the maritime history. The sinking of the cruise ship, which was in the waters of Italy at that time, resulted in the death of 32 people and innumerable loss in terms of monetary damage.
The article about the whole episode was written by journalist Bryan Burrough, who also highlighted the bravery of some of the unsung heroes of the incident, including, some members of the crew, rescue divers, Italian Coast Guard officers even the deputy mayor from the small town of Giglio, near which the Costa Concordia sank. However, the main feature of the article revolved around Francesco Schettino's blunders.
According to the accounts gathered by eye-witnesses, the captain of the ship and a friend of his downed a decanter of red wine while eating, prior to the accident. When the ship was nearing the rocks that it hit, Schettino was navigating with his eyesight rather than with the help of maps and radars, and that is considered to be a big mistake. After the ship hit the rocks, the captain said that he didn't see it.
According to experts, when the ship approached the rocks, Schettino wrongly ordered the ship to turn to starboard rather than port, which was a mistake as the ship's stern began to swing around and it slammed into the rock, causing a 230-foot-long gash below the waterline.
When a crew member of Costa Concordia, finally did call up the Coast Guard, Schettino ordered him to say that there was just a blackout and that there was no requirement for immediate assistance, this move eventually did cause major damage.
The article also details how Schetinno ran off in a lifeboat to save his life and then later begged in a phone call to the Coast Guard, not to be sent back to the ship. Schettino can now face charges of manslaughter and illegally abandoning the ship.