Paid Over $60,000 for Interview, Captain Schettino Still Can't Offer Genuine Apology to Concordia Cruise Victims

The big news coming our of Italy as we approach the 6 month anniversary of the Costa Concordia disaster is an interview the infamous Francesco Schettino gave to an Italian television channel.

Now that an Italian court has released Captain Schettino from house release and lifted the gag order imposed on him in January, we have the first extensive interview of the disgraced captain since he ran the luxury cruise ship into the rocks and killed 32 passengers and crew members.

The interview was conducted by Italy's Canale 5, which is owned by controversial former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

From what I have read and listened to, it doesn't seem like Schettino has learned much during his sentence of house arrest Costa Concordia Captain Schettinoand 6 months of silence and self-reflection.  Yes, he eventually got around to an apology but it was mixed in with denials, excuses, a bruised ego, and a nervous eye twitch. The low points:

He said he was a "victim" claiming he was not in charge at the time of the wreck;

He claims he was distracted by a telephone call;

He claims that the rock the cruise ship hit was not charted; 

He says it was just an accident and not a crime; 

He does not regret delaying the deployment of the life boats; and 

His dinner companion blond hostess Domnica Cemortan was just a friend and did not enter the bridge.

Several news sources report that Schettino received 50,000 Euros (over $60,000) for the interview although the Italian news station denied paying him anything.

The U.K.'s Mail Online reports that after the interview aired, the news station's website was "bombarded with angry comments towards Schettino."  

One read: "I was on the ship that night with two children and they didn't let me onto a lifeboat. Schettino and most of the crew deserve nothing."  Another read: "Schettino you are a coward. A captain never abandons ship. Shame on you,"

 

 

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cumme - July 12, 2012 12:16 AM

the only person in the world that would believe him now is his blond 'friend'.

PAULO FREITAS - July 12, 2012 7:34 PM

WELL , THE CAPTAIN IS NOT 24 HRS IN THE BRIDGE FIRST OF ALL , THEY ASK PERMISSION FOR IT THAT CAN BE OVER THE PHONE ETC, JUDGING IS EASY , OK HE MADE WRONG DECISIONS , IT WAS AN ACIDENT YES IT WAS , MANY CRUISE SHIPS DO IT COMING CLOSE TO SHORE, I HAVE BEEN IN THE SAME SITUATION BEFORE. THE CREW WERE HEROES BECAUSE THEY SAVED ALL THAT PEOPLE, ALSO THE CRUISE DIRECTOR THAT GIVED THE EVACUATION ORDER FROM THE BRIDGE HIS EMERGENCY POSITION. WHEN WE HAVE SITUATIONS LIKE THAT OR FAILURES ON BOARD WE TRY TO KEEP CALM TO AVOID PANIC, AND MANY OF THOSE PASSENGERS NEVER WENT TO MANDATORY LIFEBOAT DRILL , BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY SAID IN INTERVIEWS ON TV , SHAME ON THEM ... THEY WERE SAVED ALREADY, AND TALK BAD ABOUT THE CREW AND OFFICERS ...??? WHAT THEY ASPECTED THAT EVERYBODY WAS IN FULL UNIFORMS HELPING THEM , PLEASE , FOR YOUR INFORMATION MANY HELPED WITH THEIR CIVILIAN CLOTHS AND DID WHAT THEY ARE TRAINED TO DO, IS EASY TO TALK WHEN YOU ARE NOT AWARE OF HOW THINGS RUN IN A SHIP. I COULD WRITE MORE FOR WHAT ... MANY WERE AFTER MONEY AND FORGOT WHO SAVED THEM AND SOME OF THE CREW DIED DOING IT , SO UNGRATEFULL PEOPLE , THE LOST OF LIFE IS SAD , BUT AT LEAST HE DID BRING THE SHIP CLOSER TO LAND FOR THAT PLATEAU LIKE THIS THE SHIP WILL NOT SINK COMPLETLY AT LEAST THAT HE DID GOOD WHEN HE REALISE WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO FIND A SOLUTION FOR THE PROBLEM.
I HAVE BEEN IN SOME EMERGENCY SITUATIONS ETC, AND WE ALWAYS TRY TO AVOID PANIC AND TRY TO SOLVE IT, THAT WAS NOT POSSIBLE WITH THE CONCORDIA OK, THEY TRIED... MISTAKES WERE MADE OK , BUT CRITICS ??? WHEN PEOPLE ARE IGNORANT ABOUT CRUISE SHIPS AND HOW IT WORKS ??? IT IS BETTER TO KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT SPECIALY CERTAIN PASSENGERS, THEY SPOKE ON THE QUAY SIDE AFTER BEIG SAVED... I WORK AT SEA FOR 16 YEARS AS CRUISE DIRECTOR ,AND I DO NOT WORK FOR COSTA CRUISES BUT IS SAD WHEN LOST OF LIFE HAPPENS, PLEASE DO NOT LASH AT THE CREW THEY DID THEIR BEST IN A VERY AND EXTREMELY HORRIBLE AND DIFFICULT SITUATION, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME OF THIS PEOPLE ON THE SAME SITUATION BUT IN OUR SIDE... I KNEW THE SHIP , I HAD LUNCH ON BOARD SOMETIME AGO AND VISITED THE SHIP AND HAD FRIENDS ON BOARD, AND ONE LAST THING WE ARE TRAINED EVERY WEEK WE HAVE DRILLS SPECIALY FOR ALL CREW APART OF THE ONE WITH PASSENGERS EVERY CRUISE, AND I CAN TELL I HAVE SEEN AND STILL I SEE TODAY EVERY TIME IN MANDATORY LIFE BOAT DRILL FOR ALL PASSENGERS EVERY CRUISE THAT MANY DO NOT GO,, AND THEY WERE THOSE WHO CREATED THE PANIC... THEY ARE A DANGER FOR ALL US. I REST MY CASE.

Michael - July 27, 2012 2:00 AM

The captain of a ship is always in charge. He can never delegate his responsibility for the ship, the crew and the passengers! He must be present on the bridge when navigating in confined waters and / or close to a coast! Schettino is 100% responsible for what happened! Period!

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