Captain 'Ordered The Turn Too Late'
The captain of the Costa Concordia admitted that he made a navigational error moments before the cruise ship struck a rock in shallow Italian waters late Friday evening, according to Italian media.
Captain Francesco Schettino had apparently planned the ill-fated route of the Costa Concordia's first day at sea when it left port near Rome on Friday.
"The captain reportedly told the investigating judge in the city of Grosseto that he had decided to sail close to Giglio to salute a former captain who had a home on the Tuscan island."
Schettino, from Reuters, on National Post:
“I was navigating by sight because I knew the depths well and I had done this manoeuvre three or four times... But this time I ordered the turn too late and I ended up in water that was too shallow. I don’t know why it happened.”
The first victim in Friday's disaster has been identified as Sandor Feher, a 38-year-old Hungarian who had been working -- as a violinist -- on the ship.
The death toll remains at 11, and the number missing is now 21, after a German passenger believed to have been missing was found alive in Germany, according to the Grosseto prefect's office.