LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Francesco Schettino (photo above), Captain of the Costa Concordia, has been charged Saturday. Francesco Schettino, for the Costa Concordia accident, was charged on suspicion of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. Prosecutors may add additional charges against Francesco Schettino and possibly his crew in the coming days. Schettino is currently in custody awaiting a bail hearing in Grosseto.
Officials confirm to news that they will tell a Grosseto magistrate that Francesco Schettino is allegedly to blame for both the Costa Concordia accident and the rising death toll. Three people are confirmed dead. But prosecutors fear that as many as seventy-five could be dead.
Francesco Verusio confirms to news that he is currently handling interrogations of Francesco Schettino Saturday. Verusio is reportedly the chief prosecutor of Grosseto (il procuratore capo di Grosseto) matters.
While passengers and locals are calling Schettino incompetent, his family is defending him in Saturday news interviews. “Franco is a fussy person, a great commander, and what he said is the truth. He loves the sea, has always worked as a commander, has a long career behind him.”
But when questioned by news, local fisherman claim that Francesco Schettino should have known that the waters off the island of Giglio were filled with rocky sandbars. Francesco Verusio has yet to tell news how he will prosecute Francesco Schettino.
But witnesses claim that Schettino was allegedly inept in steering the boat through the rocky sandbar. Then, after the error occurred, Schettino is accused of failing to tell passengers of the deadly crash. At 8 pm during dinner time, passengers were informed merely that an electrical problem had erupted. But after a large thump, passengers looked outside and observed that the boat had a large void and was collecting water.
The captain is accused of failing to inform not just passengers but also local authorities about the trouble. “They didn’t send a mayday. The ship got in contact with us once the evacuation procedures were already ongoing” said Officer Emilio Del Santo of the Coastal Authorities of Livorno.
The trouble didn’t end there. Francesco Schettino is accused of abandoning ship and failing to take hours to evacuate passengers. Life boats were not ready. The death toll is being blamed, not just on the accident, but also the failure to take hours to evacuate the passengers properly.
“At the time of collision with a rock, the commander of the Costa Concordia was on the bridge,” said the director general of Costa Crociere President Gianni Onorato in a news briefing today. “It is incorrect to say that the ship was off course” said another official.
“Fear and panic are comprehensible in a ship long over 300 meters with over 4,000 passengers,” Del Santo said. “We can confirm that the ship has a breach on the hull of about 90 meters, and that the right side of it is completely under water.”
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