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article imageConcordia captain & first officer detained by Italian prosecutors

By Gemma Fox     Jan 14, 2012 in World
Porto Santo Stefano - The captain and the first officer of the cruise ship Costa Concordia have been arrested following questioning after the ship capsized leaving at least three people dead.
Francesco Schettino, the captain of cruise liner Costa Concordia has been arrested by Italian police, CNN writes, after the liner ran aground on Friday evening near the island of Giglio, Italy.
The first officer Ciro Ambrosio has also been detained following questioning according to Sky News.
An Italian prosecutor has said that Schettino will be investigated with regards to multiple manslaughter and with abandoning ship while passengers were still being rescued and in danger.
The 52-year old captain is said to have left the ship at around 11.30pm local time while the last of the passengers were not rescued and brought to safety until around 3.00am.
Three people are so far known to have died following the incident, around 20 are injured and around according to CNN the coastguard has said that between 50 to 70 people are possibly still missing after the liner hit rocks near Giglio on Friday evening.
Investigations will also focus on why the ship issued no mayday signal if they had been on trouble.
Earlier on their website Costa wrote;
On the basis of the first evidences, still preliminary the ship Costa Concordia under the command of the Master Francesco Schettino was regularly sailing from Civitavecchia to Savona, when suddenly the ship stroked a rock.
The Master who was on the bridge at that time, understood the severity of the situation immediately performed a maneuver aimed to secure Guests and crew, and started the security procedures in order to prepare for an eventual ship evacuation.
Unfortunately, this operation was complicated as result of a sudden tilt of the ship that has made difficult the disembarkation.
Thanks to the commitment of all forces coordinated by the Coast Guard, from that moment on, rescue operations have been further strengthened.
There were over 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members on board the Concordia.
Read more: Carnival Corporation & plc Statement Regarding Costa Concordia
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