Costa Concordia Captain Walks Wreck For 1st Time

Joins experts to inspect generators he says were to blame
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2014 9:06 AM CST
Costa Concordia Captain Walks Wreck For 1st Time
Captain Francesco Schettino, left, talks on the upper deck of the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

(Newser) – Two years after the disaster that killed 32 people, captain Francesco Schettino today returned to the Costa Concordia wreckage in the course of his manslaughter trial. Schettino went aboard in order to help court-appointed experts inspect generators, which the captain claims were partly to blame for the incident, the AP reports. Judge Giovanni Puliatti was careful to qualify that Schettino was on board the ship "as a defendant, not a consultant," reports the BBC.

"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 told Italian media. Standout detail from the BBC: It was quite the safe morning for Schettino, who participated in a health-and-safety briefing before donning a life vest and heading to the ship. (The tragedy actually claimed a 33rd victim this month.)

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