Captain of shipwrecked Costa Concordia blames helmsman in wreck that left 32 dead

  • Article by: FRANCES D'EMILIO , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 23, 2013 - 6:28 PM

GROSSETO, Italy — The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia, now on trial over the deadly disaster, blamed his helmsman Monday for botching a last-minute corrective maneuver that he contends could have prevented the massive cruise ship's collision with a reef off an Italian island.

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supervon2Sep. 23, 13 6:17 AM

I would believe the Captain. There are people who just can't get things right even when they are told to do so. The navigation charts show they were too close and the captain would have easily seen that and told him to change course. Remember that there was a strong wind blowing them into shore and they needed to compensate for that.

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localguySep. 23, 13 6:19 AM

It's the captain's responsibility to see that his subordinates carry out his orders properly. His defense is that he didn't fail in his duty to give the correct orders, he failed in his duty to supervise the helmsman. Failure is failure. The rest is details.

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bizsmithSep. 23, 13 6:30 AM

Capt Schettino needs to learn the meaning of "The buck stops here."

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PaleriderSep. 23, 13 7:25 AM

The captain set the chain of events to the disaster in motion when he took the ship off the accepted and safe course. The captain made the decision to take the ship off course, not the helmsman. The captain also made a valiant leap into a boat to escape the ship after the accident to save himself instead of supervising the passenger evacuation from the ship. The man makes poor decisions and is a coward.

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cjohnstonSep. 23, 13 7:52 AM

In aviation there is a concept called "Pilot In Command" (PIC). It means whoever is the pilot is responsible for the plane regardless of who is flying it. The same holds true here. The captain is responsible, not the helmsman.

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sternitzkySep. 23, 13 7:56 AM

This captain abandoned his ship at 11:30 pm long before the evacuation was complete. The ship's priest was seen leaving at 1:30 am, as one of the last off the ship.

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shuckSep. 23, 13 8:26 AM

Captain, if you're going to voluntarily put your vessel in a position where a 13 second response time is the difference between success and death then you've already failed. However, if you STILL decide to put your ship in that position must drill your crew constantly so there are no language issues, cognitive delays, or other extenuating circumstances. Perhaps it will come out in the trial, but I haven't heard where you took accountability for the state of your crew's preparedness (the next step in the accountability chain if you're going to claim that's the reason for the disaster).

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Flash_GordonSep. 23, 13 8:21 PM

Captain; ever hear of Harry "The Buck Stops Here" Truman?

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orvestaSep. 23, 1311:24 PM

Supervon2 - you, like Capt. Francesco Schettino, do not comprehend what is involved in being a captain. TAKING RESPONSIBILITY. Another key point you forget is that Capt. Francesco Schettino abandoned ship before the crew was safely off. He abandoned ship. He was and is no more a captain than you are intelligent.

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