So what's the deal with that captain of the Costa Concordia?

United States
January 22, 2012 8:14pm CST
Okay.. I'm surfing the net trying to piece together this story so that it makes sense. I've heard bits and pieces on the news, and the news always skews the the stories one way or another. Okay... it has been reported that the captain abandoned ship, yet he reported that when the ship listed 60 to 70 degrees that he fell off the ship and landed in the lifeboat. He said he didn't even have a safety jacket on because he gave his to a passenger. Where can I find the REAL story here? If he fell off the ship, could he get back on the ship? He is being branded a coward for abandoning ship, and faces manslaughter charges if he is convicted of this crime. Okay here is another thing that bothers me. The ship ran aground when hitting that reef. Well, aren't there GPS navigation systems on these big luxury liners programmed to guide the ship in safer waters? Why did the captain bring the ship so close to shore? Were there factors that I can't find? Was there great winds that pushed or pulled the ship off course? What is the story here? I've been asked to write the real story, and I can't find information anywhere... I'm piecing stuff together from all the stuff I find on the Net, but still I'm missing something. Does anyone know anything about what I've asked here? Please share
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• India
23 Jan 12
Dear Sally I tried to search in goggles, but net is too slow today, it fails to open with crome and also internet explorer. Am happy you have uploaded your picture, blessings
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• United States
23 Jan 12
Thank you dear Professor! I'm sure more stuff will come to light in days and weeks to come. I'm glad you approve of my picture.
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@Hatley (157558)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Jan 12
hi pointlessquestions now I h ave your face to put to your username you are a pretty lady. I know this is off the subject sorry. also I am reading so much that tells me that captain will be lucky 'if he ever captains another ship. He disobeyed the computers route given to show some passangers some sight and thus endangered them all and sunk his ship too.
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• United States
26 Jan 12
Thanks Hatley, for the compliment. Yes, that is what I am hearing. I also heard the captain said the owners of the company wanted him to 'show off' ... if they did they aren't admitting it.... at least I've not heard that they are. I think he is some place deep DEEP in trouble. He'll be lucky if he isn't prisoned for causing the deaths of those terrified people on the ship.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
23 Jan 12
Hi PointlessQuestions, I wonderful if we will every find out the real story,,,You know when incidents like this happens it takes forever if ever to find out the real truth...I call it an incident because we don't know as of yet if it was human error or an accident...But you would think that a Captain would have had a map showing where the rocks were...I understand all other captains of other ship had it on thier maps.....Hmmmmm!!! If he was business doing other things that he wasn't suppose to be doing, why don't he just say so and get it over with...???? I know they found 2 more passengers today...How sad knowin poeple have been trapped down in that ship so long...I think the 2 people they found today or yesterday were found in their life vest...
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• United States
26 Jan 12
All I can say is that captain better put his head between his legs and kiss his butt goodbye. I'm afraid he is going to be in deep trouble that he will never get out of.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Jan 12
All I know is that this particular route has been carried out before, even though it isn't the correct route. The Captain gets closer to shore in order to wave to people on the island to raise its profile or something. It was done originally on some sort of parade from what I can gather..and it has been done a few times since. What I don't know, however, is if this Captain is the only one who has guided this particular ship in this manner. If he's done it before then I can only assume he thought it was safe to do so again. As for GPS, I have no idea about that but I'm sure others on here have helped you with. Like the avatar!
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
26 Jan 12
Yes, I read that somewhere too. I mean I could (sort of) understand it if he was sailing in a fairly big yacht with only a few passengers but the SIZE of that ship makes me think he forgot how big it was lol. Do you know what I mean? You should've seen my Dad on Lucy Bee in the Norfolk Broads in 1979 on our boating holiday..he nearly crashed it a few times and he was "careful!" http://www.hoseasons.co.uk/WebPages/EUBoat/ProductDetailPage.aspx?ISDLNK=1&SCODE=BRID&ACODE=BH1190&TINDEXPD=0 The above boat looks similar to Lucy Bee but ours actually slept 5 (my Uncle Joe took us down in his Mini) and, as you can see it AIN'T cheap!
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• United States
26 Jan 12
I agree with both of you. He had to disobey the orders for the route to be taken, and I agree that maybe his showing off made him forget the size of the ship and the depth of the water.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
28 Jan 12
The whole story has been posted daily as new information comes out. They said that the captain was showing off his big ship to friends on shore, and that caused the accident because the ship came to close to shore. Then they said that another ship had come this close and was okay. This ship the concordia hit a rock Now according to Maritime law a captain is the last person to abandon ship. He is responsible for the well fare of his passengers and crew. This idea of him falling into a lifeboat is a load of crap to save his butt. They even released a recording where the coast guard ordered him to go back to the ship and save the people and he clearly says he won't do it. He is a coward period.
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• United States
28 Jan 12
I wouldn't want to be in his shoes. I thought it was rather convenient that he fell off the ship into an awaiting lifeboat. He is in deep trouble, I think.
@BarBaraPrz (17268)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
23 Jan 12
I heard in one report that the atoll wasn't marked on their maps. Also, they had a blackout, so that would affect any GPS I would think. Here's a link to a transcript of a radio exchange, reported by Sky Italia to have occurred at 10:12 p.m. local time on Jan. 13 between a Livorno Port official and an unidentified Costa Concordia officer: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/01/19/ship-audio-capsize-radio-transcript.html
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• United States
23 Jan 12
I think I understood that the blackout occurred when the ship hit the rocks not before.. I could be wrong on that one. I know he was saying there was a blackout and didn’t say anything about hitting the rocks.
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@Hatley (157558)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Jan 12
hi pointless questions I read that article someone here pointed out and the idiot captain varied the route and ignored the computer told route just to show some passengers some sight. thus he ran aground of the reef. he hit it so hard a big piece of rock is embedded in the hull of the ship. So as I understand it it was a deliberate act of disobedience on his part.so I can understand why people are angry with him . Had he steered on the course the computer set he would not have hit the reef at all.