Skip to comments.Report: Captain claims he "tripped" into lifeboat
Posted on 01/18/2012 9:26:58 AM PST by Upstate NY Guy
(CBS/AP) The cruise ship captain under fire for abandoning his vessel while thousands of passengers scrambled for rescue has reportedly come up with an explanation for his flight - he accidentally tripped and fell into a lifeboat:
Capt. Francesco Schettino stated: "I didn't even have a life jacket because I had given it to one of the passengers. I was trying to get people to get into the boats in an orderly fashion. Suddenly, since the ship was at a 60 to 70 degree angle, I tripped and I ended up in one of the boats. That's how I found myself in the lifeboat."
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This is good. I can think of lot’s of uses for that excuse. I “tripped” into bed with that other woman. I “tripped” into the entire bottle of Jack Daniels. etc....
After one too many cocktails?
This is a lost cause even more amusing than what one hears from Lost Causers...
Not yet determined but according to the U.K Daily Mail:
One passenger has accused the captain of drinking in one of the ship's bars on the night the vessel ran aground, before taking control after the crash. Monique Maurek, 41, from the Netherlands, said: 'What scandalised me most was when I saw the captain spending much of the evening before we hit the rocks drinking in the bar with a beautiful woman on his arm.
The dog ate my homework ...
So I told them, Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off. Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!ML/NJ
His part will be played by sean penn; the assistant captain by alec baldwin, the physical activities director by michael moore, the social director by jane fonda, the purser by ed asner, the bartender by al franken, and the first steward of the lifeboats by tim robbins. The owner of the cruise line will be played by - who else - the stain himself!
The entire passenger group will be made up of extras; these to be drawn from the republican voting rolls in the state of california. If there are not a sufficient number, then the movie will tap the states of Washington, Oregon, and Arizona to come up with enough extras.
The captain will receive $350,000,000 paid by mr. g. soros and the film's director sidney lumet (yes, he's dead, but that little fact never stopped a lib before!).
LMAO - this guy should write speeches for the democrats!
Great minds think alike. When I read this story, my first thought was: how very 'Clintonian' of him.
He was tripping? That would explain a lot.
As I understand it, the ship had only been underway for TWO HOURS.
Remoinds me of the Brother Dave Gardner joke: “I was just standing on the corner trimming my fingernails and this dude came running around the corner and ran smack into my knife. 17 times!”
Because! Because, as the leader...if I die...then all hope is lost! Who would lead? The clown? Instead of castigating me, you should all be thanking me. What kind of a topsy-turvy world do we live in, where heroes are cast as villains? Brave men as cowards?
This court martial is taking forever. Shouldn’t he be swinging from the yardarm by now?
Jon Lovitz, pick up the white courtesy phone....
He's still thinking in lira? If it's in Euro or dollars, he only has to do it maybe half a million times and the cost of the accident would be covered.
This guy is a completely despicable tool. Several passengers saw him huddled in a life boat wrapped in a blanket. If he “accidentally” tripped then why didn’t he go back on the ship?
For that matter, why didn’t he go back on the ship when the Coast Guard ORDERED him back on the ship?
I was a yacht captain and while I never sank a boat I dam sure wouldn’t have abandoned a sinking one until I was SURE all passengers and crew were off and safe.
He needs a better lawyer!
The Captain was just in a hurry to see his wife, Morgan Fairchild.
I guess, after tripping off the ship into the life boat, he bounced into the taxi. Wow... talk about a "hard fall."
The Captain is obviously a cousin of Baghdad Bob.
The biggest failure of Costa/Carnival is obviously in personnel. How did this clown ever get the responsibility he had?
Why the fuss? The captain was clearly Leading from Behind. It works for Obama, right?
He seen her naked, I hear..
Well he had been drinking quite a bit trying to pick up a passenger.
Had he been on his proper course the ship wouldn’t have struck the reef to begin with.
As for tripping into the life boat I always believed the Captain ran the ship from the bridge, not by helping load life boats.
Vada is go (third person, or formal, if you do not know the person), but then he personalizes it with cazzo, which means, d!-k. So I guess he wasn’t being too formal after all! LOL!
So, Vada a bordo, cazzo! Is: “Go on board, D—k!”
Do captains of these ships get promoted based on merit? Or did he know the right people (or should I say 'left' )
I have often found that these politically correct buffoons get promoted to the top and usually do nothing disastrous when everything is going fine. But in an emergency their incompetence shows.
This guy does not SOUND like captain material on any boat I would own.
He's obviously some form of nautical genius
He joined Costa's version of TSA in 2002 ("an official in charge of security") and was promoted to First Officer, then to Captain in 2006.
Master at Arms to Captain in only 4 years.
His crew tripped into the same lifeboat? Wow, they should play the lottery if they are that lucky.
He tripped over his own cold feet.
Could’ve happened to anyone. Such accidents are unpredictable. Luckily for him, there was no running woodchipper in that lifeboat. Or some set bear traps.
OK, i stink, I cannot believe I fouled up the freaking present tense!
I can’t believe you are still defending the indefensible Chicken of the Sea captain. Is he kin to you, or do you think he is a hottie? Nothing else makes sense.
“Sounds like hes been talking to a lawyer.”
Sounds like he’s been smoking weed.
Reality Check: Yes, let's look at the photo. I've circled a gigantic boulder sticking out of the Concordia's hull.
The big boulder sticking out of the hull is the exact same size as the long tear in the hull. Are you implying the ship ripped the boulder from the sea floor and dragged it along for MILES? Could it be that the ship came to rest on a distant, different, yet exactly identical size boulder that caused a prior tear in the hull MILES away? To believe either of these scenarios requires the willful suspension of disbelief.
As Captain his job was not to have an #$%@ing better view.
It was to be ON HIS SHIP, at the center of the disaster, hands on evaluating and directing the evacuation, giving orders, leading by example and most of all personally assuming the largest risk upon himself - until either he was sure the last possible surviving passenger or crew member was off the ship or the ship was about to go completely under. PERIOD!
Captain’s best excuse: “I’m Eyetalian!”
Give the man a break, merda succede. If
merda non è accaduto, there would be no need for Internet and no need for FR!
What a scuzzbucket.
How can you trip if the boat is at a 60 or 70 degree angle? Wouldn’t you automatically fall unless you were holding on to something?
I was thinking of that excuse.
I was thinking of that excuse.
That's exactly what happened. I think you're interpreting that photo all wrong. That boulder is the tip of the rock they hit, broken off and embedded in the ship, right at the end of the gash it made as the ship struck it. That rock is sticking INTO the hull, not sticking out through it.
The ship ~did~ travel several miles after it hit the rocks, and yes with that large boulder stuck into the wound in the hull. His other major failings notwithstanding, the one smart thing the Captain did was to turn the ship back toward shore such that it sank in relatively shallow water, leaving much of the superstructure high and dry. This undoubtedly did save many hundreds of lives.
Geez, that's faster than even a minority lesbian would do it in the USN...