Cruise captain ‘committed errors’, say ship’s owners

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At least five people have died but about 15 remain unaccounted for. Divers are trying to find more survivors.

“It seems that the commander made errors of judgement that had serious consequences,” Costa Crociere said.

“The route followed by the ship turned out to be too close to the coast, and it seems that his decision in handling the emergency didn’t follow Costa Crociere’s procedures which are in line, and in some cases, go beyond, international standards,” the statement added.

Capt Francesco Schettino: “We were last to leave the ship”
The Costa Concordia is lying on its side just metres off the Tuscan island of Giglio.

Capt Schettino has been detained on suspicion of manslaughter. The chief prosecutor said the vessel had “very ineptly got close to Giglio”.

But Capt Schettino denied any wrongdoing, saying the rocks it hit were not marked on his nautical chart.

“We should have had deep water beneath us,” he told Italian TV. “We were about 300 metres (1,000ft) from the rocks more or less. We shouldn’t have hit anything.”

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