Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 August 2015

I'll sail again, says Costa captain

Published 30/01/2013

Costa Concordia captian Francesco Schettino wants his job back (AP)
Costa Concordia captian Francesco Schettino wants his job back (AP)

The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia has returned to court to appeal against being sacked, and said he will "certainly" take command of a ship again.

Francesco Schettino is challenging Costa Crociere's decision to fire him after the Concordia ran aground off Tuscany a year ago and capsized, killing 32 people. Court-appointed experts have blamed Schettino for the disaster, saying he took the ship off course in a stunt.

Schettino insists his deft steering saved lives and that the reef the ship hit was not on his charts.

As he arrived for the closed-door hearing in Torre Annunziata, near Naples, Schettino was asked if he thought he'd command a ship again. He replied: "Yes, certainly."

A separate court is deciding whether to indict Schettino on manslaughter and other charges.

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