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Cruise firm boss slams ship captain

The chief executive of the company that owns the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship has said the captain who grounded it off the coast of Tuscany did not relay correct information to the company or the crew after the vessel hit rocks.

Chief executive Pierluigi Foschi told Italian state TV his company spoke to the captain at 10.05pm, some 20 minutes after the ship was grounded, but could not offer proper assistance because the captain's description "did not correspond to the truth".

Francesco Schettino, who is under house arrest, only said he had "problems" aboard, but did not mention hitting rocks.

Mr Foschi said crew members were not informed of the gravity of the situation either.

The Costa Concordia was carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew when it crashed and partially sank a week ago. Eleven people have been confirmed dead and 21 are missing.

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