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article imageCosta Concordia captain Schettino had no glasses night ship sunk

By Marcus Hondro     Mar 4, 2012 in World
Along with a host of other pieces of information damaging to Captain Francesco Schettino, the captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, news out of Italy now has it that the man was without his glasses the night his ship went down.
Salvatore Catalano, who is the lawyer for the ship's first officer, Ciro Ambrosio, told Reuters on Saturday that the captain could not see the radar screen as they were nearing the island of Giglio, on Jan. 13, the evening of the disaster.
Catalano said his client has stated that upon that evening "Schettino had left his reading glasses in the cabin and repeatedly asked Ambrosio to look at the radar to check the route." The lawyer said that his client made those statements about Schettino to the magistrates at the hearings being held to determine the events that occurred leading up to and during the disaster.
Schettino: House Arrest near Naples
It is not known if these allegations will affect Schettino's case. He is already been vilified in Italy, and elsewhere, for being a coward. He remains under house arrest near Naples, charged with multiple offences including manslaughter and abandoning his ship in distress. Ambrosio, and 7 other Costa Concordia officers, along with executives of Costa Cruises, the operators of the ship, are also being investigated.
It is believed 32 people died in the tragedy; thus far 25 bodies have been recovered.
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