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Cruise disaster: Costa Concordia captain told to 'get back on board' by coast guard
Daily Telegraph ^ | 3:35PM GMT 17 Jan 2012 | Telegraph

Posted on 01/17/2012 1:45:30 PM PST by mwilli20

The Italian coast guard orders in vain the captain of the capsized Italian cruise ship to return on board to oversee the evacuation, according to a recording of the conversation released by a leading Italian newspaper...

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: captain; chickenofthesea; coward; italy; schettino; ship
Audio recording between the captain of the ship Schettino and the commander in charge of the rescue effort, De Falco. (with English subtitles)

It is hard to listen to, and believe, that this level of cowardice can be displayed by a ship's captain which might forever be known as "Schetinno il Cretino"

1 posted on 01/17/2012 1:45:40 PM PST by mwilli20
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the people would’ve gotten on the life rafts but the workers were waiting for the captain to tell them they could abondon ship. They refused to let them get on the boats. i guess the captain was already gone.


2 posted on 01/17/2012 1:53:41 PM PST by snowstorm12
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To: snowstorm12

Most likely...

My favorite part of the conversation:

Schettino il cretino: It is dark now.
De Falco: What Schettino? You want to go home?

Stunning!


3 posted on 01/17/2012 2:03:26 PM PST by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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The fun part is who will get to play the Coast Guard guy in the movie.


4 posted on 01/17/2012 2:05:06 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: mwilli20

Chicken of the Sea.


5 posted on 01/17/2012 2:18:05 PM PST by samanella ((I may not always be right, but I will never be left))
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To: samanella

I’m stealing that. I just wanted to let you know. LOL.


6 posted on 01/17/2012 2:22:23 PM PST by CitizenReporter
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7 posted on 01/17/2012 2:26:49 PM PST by houeto
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To: mwilli20

Chum for sharks then Keel Haul the Captain and the First Officer!


8 posted on 01/17/2012 2:55:53 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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Talk about international shaming.

This guy is unbelievable. Makes you wonder if he was promoted more for his looks than his seafaring skills.

9 posted on 01/17/2012 2:58:16 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: BfloGuy; mwilli20

The guy looks like a parody of an Italian gigolo, and apparently acted the same way. Supposedly, according to the European press, he was at a table with a bunch of babes that he had sorted out from among the passengers and was showing off with the stunt of passing by close enough to the island where his maitre d’s family lived to give a blast on the horn for their entertainment. He also emptied the safe before he got under a blanket and had himself rowed to shore (while most of the passengers were still on the ship). Then he hailed a taxi and said “take me as far away from here as possible.”

What a sleazoid. I’m sure most Italian captains aren’t like this, but I think the image is going to do a lot of damage to the Italian cruise industry. Costa was owned by Carnival, but it was an Italian company with a mostly Italian crew.


10 posted on 01/17/2012 3:05:19 PM PST by livius
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People have no idea what protections they forfeit when they leave these United States; I couldn’t imagine a captain of an American ship doing this. His life would be ruined.


11 posted on 01/17/2012 3:14:49 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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His life would be ruined.


If he was anything but Italian, his life probably would ruined. Since he is Italian, I’d put the odds at 50/50.


12 posted on 01/17/2012 3:43:54 PM PST by rbg81
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To: kearnyirish2

His life would be ruined.


If he was anything but Italian, his life probably would be ruined. However, since he is Italian, I’d put the odds at 50/50.


13 posted on 01/17/2012 3:44:16 PM PST by rbg81
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Makes you wonder if he was promoted more for his looks than his seafaring skills.


I’ve been on a few cruises. When you are a cruise ship captain, looks and personality are a big part of the job description. One only hopes they are competent as well (or are backed by a competent crew).

I suspect that this guy has been behaving fast and loose for quite a while. Circumstances finally caught up with him.


14 posted on 01/17/2012 3:47:37 PM PST by rbg81
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If he was not on board, a blood alcohol test could not be given


15 posted on 01/17/2012 3:50:03 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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The fun part is who will get to play the Coast Guard guy in the movie.

R. Lee Ermey?
16 posted on 01/17/2012 3:51:25 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: mwilli20

Whats funny is the way the coast guard guy calls the guy out and belittles him. That dude should be a national hero. He was absolutely disgusted with the ships captain.


17 posted on 01/17/2012 4:05:44 PM PST by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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R. Lee Ermey?

Not Italian enough. They could do Robert De Niro if the guy is older.
18 posted on 01/17/2012 4:28:57 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Paradox

Totally.....I loved it.

De Falco (Italian Coast Guard) gave Captain Schettino the verbal b*tchslapping of the year as far as I’m concerned, and deservedly so.

Some “Captain”.....abandoning ship. When you’re the Captain of a passenger vessel in trouble, you evacuate the passengers first, then the crew, the junior officers, the command officers, and lastly, yourself (with the logbook).

In that order. No ifs, ands, or buts....no excuses, like, “It’s dark”; that made me laugh out loud when I read that. De Falco righteously ripped him a new one for that comment.

This Schettino clown belongs in jail. Preferably, a dark jail cell.


19 posted on 01/17/2012 4:40:02 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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When you’re the Captain of a passenger vessel in trouble, you evacuate the passengers first, then the crew, the junior officers, the command officers, and lastly, yourself (with the logbook).

I couldn't agree more. Anyone who steps foot on my boat is my responsibility until they are safely ashore. It's not even up for discussion.

20 posted on 01/17/2012 9:09:11 PM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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LOL! I have this mental image of De Falco saying that line with dripping sarcasm in an attempt to shame Captain Chicken out of his cowardice.


21 posted on 01/18/2012 8:13:06 AM PST by transducer
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ha ha ha.

Did you see the latest article today in which the captain claims he tripped and fell into the life boat and was STUCK in it and could not get out?!!!

What a MAROON!!!


22 posted on 01/18/2012 10:23:13 AM PST by a real Sheila (Taylor/Fife 2012)
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To: af_vet_rr

now THAT would be awesome.


23 posted on 01/18/2012 10:26:06 AM PST by a real Sheila (Taylor/Fife 2012)
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To: transducer

they are now selling t-shirts!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9022477/Costa-Concordia-Italians-buy-t-shirts-with-Get-back-on-board-for-s-sake-logo.html


24 posted on 01/19/2012 7:01:07 AM PST by a real Sheila ("Vado a bordo, cazzo!")
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