On Sunday, January 15th a cruise ship owned by Costa Cruises was taken to close to the rocky shore of Giglo, Italy . It struck a rock and captzised a while later.
The captain, Francesco Schettino was detained for questioning by the Italian police on charges of manslaughter, failure to offer assistance and abandonment of the ship. Costa Cruises says that there was “Extreme human error” on the captain.
When questioned on why he left the ship the captian replied, “The passengers were pouring onto the decks, taking the lifeboats by assault,” he said, according to the newspaper. “I didn’t even have a life jacket because I had given it to one of the passengers. I was trying to get people to get into the boats in an orderly fashion. Suddenly, since the ship was at a 60- to 70-degree angle, I tripped and I ended up in one of the boats. That’s how I found myself there.” In other words he ‘fell’ into the lifeboat.