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Report: Captain claims he "tripped" into lifeboat
CBS News ^ | January 18, 2012 | ap

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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KEYWORDS: costaconcordia; cruiseship; disaster; evilpenguins; schettino; vadaabordocazzo
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To: Upstate NY Guy

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....


51 posted on 01/18/2012 9:53:02 AM PST by moehoward
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To: Upstate NY Guy
Captain claims he "tripped" into lifeboat....

After one too many cocktails?

52 posted on 01/18/2012 9:53:27 AM PST by BossLady (Where There's A Shill...There's A Pay.......)
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To: Sacajaweau

This is a lost cause even more amusing than what one hears from Lost Causers...


53 posted on 01/18/2012 9:54:36 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: SMARTY
Was he drunk?

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.

Italy's most hated man

54 posted on 01/18/2012 9:54:51 AM PST by Upstate NY Guy
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To: Upstate NY Guy

The dog ate my homework ...


55 posted on 01/18/2012 9:58:02 AM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: Upstate NY Guy
This reminds me of Aaron quoted in Exodus 32:
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
56 posted on 01/18/2012 10:02:13 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: Upstate NY Guy
I have it on good authority from an un-named source highly placed in Hollywood, that the good and totally innocent Captain will have his true story told in a Hollywood blockbuster!

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!).

57 posted on 01/18/2012 10:02:22 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (N/A)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

LMAO - this guy should write speeches for the democrats!


58 posted on 01/18/2012 10:03:19 AM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
"I did not have relations with that life boat."

Great minds think alike. When I read this story, my first thought was: how very 'Clintonian' of him.

59 posted on 01/18/2012 10:04:46 AM PST by Mich Patriot (I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

He was tripping? That would explain a lot.


60 posted on 01/18/2012 10:08:03 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "EconomiIt is not impossibllcs In One Lesson.")
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To: Upstate NY Guy
captain spending much of the evening before we hit the rocks

As I understand it, the ship had only been underway for TWO HOURS.

61 posted on 01/18/2012 10:09:09 AM PST by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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To: nutmeg

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!”


62 posted on 01/18/2012 10:10:12 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

Uh oh!


63 posted on 01/18/2012 10:10:12 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

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?

64 posted on 01/18/2012 10:11:11 AM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Upstate NY Guy

This court martial is taking forever. Shouldn’t he be swinging from the yardarm by now?


65 posted on 01/18/2012 10:15:40 AM PST by Crichton
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To: Upstate NY Guy

Jon Lovitz, pick up the white courtesy phone....


66 posted on 01/18/2012 10:16:39 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: WOBBLY BOB
He also claimed before this that he saved thousands by taking the ship so close to shore.

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.

67 posted on 01/18/2012 10:16:39 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Whatever happened to that Amy Summerland sailing chick?)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

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.


68 posted on 01/18/2012 10:19:10 AM PST by MtBaldy
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To: Farmer Dean

He needs a better lawyer!


69 posted on 01/18/2012 10:19:20 AM PST by ThirdMate
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To: jagusafr

The Captain was just in a hurry to see his wife, Morgan Fairchild.


70 posted on 01/18/2012 10:19:20 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Upstate NY Guy
Soon after this, witnesses saw him leaving the scene in a taxi - while his passengers were either still on the ship, in the water or stranded ashore injured or minimally cold, wet & in shock.

I guess, after tripping off the ship into the life boat, he bounced into the taxi. Wow... talk about a "hard fall."

71 posted on 01/18/2012 10:21:40 AM PST by drpix
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To: Upstate NY Guy

The Captain is obviously a cousin of Baghdad Bob.


72 posted on 01/18/2012 10:22:56 AM PST by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

The biggest failure of Costa/Carnival is obviously in personnel. How did this clown ever get the responsibility he had?


73 posted on 01/18/2012 10:23:17 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Upstate NY Guy

Why the fuss? The captain was clearly Leading from Behind. It works for Obama, right?


74 posted on 01/18/2012 10:24:55 AM PST by pabianice (")
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To: Upstate NY Guy
He must be reading Lord Jim in his spare time
75 posted on 01/18/2012 10:25:59 AM PST by stop_fascism (If a guy lies about his first name, what wouldn't he lie about?)
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To: dfwgator

He seen her naked, I hear..


76 posted on 01/18/2012 10:34:58 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Godebert

Well he had been drinking quite a bit trying to pick up a passenger.


77 posted on 01/18/2012 10:42:12 AM PST by chipper dave
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To: Tijeras_Slim
And every time he swam back out to the ship, evil penguins forced him back to shore.

Darn those penguins! Darn them to heck!.
78 posted on 01/18/2012 10:44:18 AM PST by TalonDJ
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To: Sacajaweau

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.


79 posted on 01/18/2012 10:47:26 AM PST by Venturer
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To: svcw

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!”


80 posted on 01/18/2012 11:00:43 AM PST by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: SueRae
"Dereliction of duty compounded by this cowardly lie."

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.

81 posted on 01/18/2012 11:08:06 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor
Jerry, speaking to George at the diner:

Hmm. So you feel "women and children first," in this day and age, is somewhat of an antiquated notion.
82 posted on 01/18/2012 11:42:19 AM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Explorer89; svcw
"Va" is third person/formal in the present tense. "Vada" is the imperative form which is what the coast guard guy used. According to one of the replies (from a native speaker) on the source article, the headline is an accurate translation.
83 posted on 01/18/2012 11:45:29 AM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: Last Dakotan
The biggest failure of Costa/Carnival is obviously in personnel. How did this clown ever get the responsibility he had?

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.

84 posted on 01/18/2012 11:55:34 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Whatever happened to that Amy Summerland sailing chick?)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

His crew tripped into the same lifeboat? Wow, they should play the lottery if they are that lucky.


85 posted on 01/18/2012 11:55:42 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

He tripped over his own cold feet.


86 posted on 01/18/2012 12:03:25 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Upstate NY Guy

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.


87 posted on 01/18/2012 12:08:51 PM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: ELS

OK, i stink, I cannot believe I fouled up the freaking present tense!


88 posted on 01/18/2012 12:14:23 PM PST by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Sacajaweau

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.


89 posted on 01/18/2012 12:50:43 PM PST by NautiNurse
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To: Farmer Dean

“Sounds like he’s been talking to a lawyer.”

Sounds like he’s been smoking weed.


90 posted on 01/18/2012 1:26:37 PM PST by This Just In
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To: Sacajaweau
He had the rip in the hull MILES before he hit the beach...Please take a look at the pictures.

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.

91 posted on 01/18/2012 2:16:08 PM PST by NautiNurse
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To: Sacajaweau
"He absolutely had a better window from the shore."

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!

92 posted on 01/18/2012 2:21:54 PM PST by drpix
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To: Upstate NY Guy

Captain’s best excuse: “I’m Eyetalian!”


93 posted on 01/18/2012 2:23:50 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

Give the man a break, merda succede. If
merda non è accaduto, there would be no need for Internet and no need for FR!


94 posted on 01/18/2012 2:30:18 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

Yeah,right.

What a scuzzbucket.


95 posted on 01/18/2012 3:07:29 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Future Meteorologist.)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

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?


96 posted on 01/18/2012 3:09:38 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Future Meteorologist.)
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To: Col Frank Slade

I was thinking of that excuse.


97 posted on 01/18/2012 3:13:24 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Future Meteorologist.)
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To: Col Frank Slade

I was thinking of that excuse.


98 posted on 01/18/2012 3:13:24 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Future Meteorologist.)
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To: NautiNurse
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.

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.

99 posted on 01/18/2012 3:41:40 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I'd give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Oztrich Boy
Master at Arms to Captain in only 4 years.

Geez, that's faster than even a minority lesbian would do it in the USN...

100 posted on 01/18/2012 3:48:26 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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