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Disgraced Italian captain returns to board wrecked cruise ship

Published on Feb 27, 2014 6:21 PM
 
Captain Francesco Schettino (centre) arrives at the Giglio harbour Feb 27, 2014. Italian captain Francesco Schettino on Thursday returned on board his stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship, more than two years after leaving it in a hurry as it sank in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AFP) - Italian captain Francesco Schettino on Thursday returned on board his stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship, more than two years after leaving it in a hurry as it sank in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives.

Wearing a leather jacket and sunglasses, the disgraced captain fought off a media scrum as he arrived in the tiny port on Giglio Island, donned a life jacket and got on a boat that took him out to the vessel.

Schettino's visit was part of a court-ordered inspection in the ongoing trial against him for multiple counts of manslaughter and abandoning ship before all the passengers had been evacuated.

"They want to show that I am weak, just like two years ago. It's not true! I want to show I'm a gentleman, not a coward," Schettino, who was dubbed "Captain Coward" by the tabloids, was quoted by Italian media as saying.

 
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