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article imageTrial: Costa Concordia captain delayed so first mate gave orders

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 13, 2014 in Crime
On the night of the Costa Concordia tragedy, it was first mate Roberto Bosio who gave the order to abandon ship. As Bosio told the court in the trial of the Captain Francesco Schettino, Schettino refused to.
Instead the ship's captain ignored numerous requests from officers to give that order and continued talking on a phone to the crisis center of the ship's owner, Costa Crociere, acting as if he was in denial of the ship's perilous condition.
Bosio, who has been credited by many with saving lives while going above Schettino's head and giving the order, told the court that "since he (Schettino) wasn't giving any input, the other officials turned to me for a decision."
Outside the court, Schettino again defended his actions on the night of Jan. 13, 2012 and said that the "captain delegates (and) there are designated people who have to do what I say." However, evidence has been presented that waiting even more time to abandon the ship would have cost even more lives than the 32 who died in the disaster.
Costa Concordia trial: Schettino accused of 'salute'
Schettino is alleged to have ordered the 114,500 tonnes ship to do a sail-past the island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay to "salute" a former colleague. However, the ship went too close and hit a reef, punching a hole in the hull. Sixty-five percent of the Costa Concordia ended up underwater, remaining there for 20 months until the marine salvage companies, Titan Salvage of America and Micoperi of Italy, pulled it back upright last September.
The plan is to tow the now-former cruise liner to the port of Piombino, or another port, for salvaging in June. Meanwhile, Schettino's trial continues in Grosseto. He plead not guilty to the charges of causing a shipwreck, manslaughter and abandoning his ship but mounting evidence makes a conviction seem likely.
Schettino, 54, could get up to 20 years in jail.
Bosio is the captain of the Costa Concordia's sister ship, the Serena and only boarded the Costa Concordia during that trip as a private citizen. However, due to his rank in the company he was named the first mate for the voyage.
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