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Shipwreck lawyer: Concordia captain had time to save all

Shipwreck prosecutor: Concordia captain had time to save all but evacuation was too chaotic

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 file photo, an Italian firefighter is lowered from an helicopter onto the grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia off...
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Capt. Francesco Schettino waits for the arrival of the judges in the court room of the converted Teatro Mode...
Francesco Schettino sits in front of two laptops during a pause of his trial at the Grosseto court, Italy, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Whatever verdict is d...

Italy Shipwreck Trial

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 file photo, an Italian firefighter is lowered from an helicopter onto the grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia off...

Italy Shipwreck Trial

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Capt. Francesco Schettino waits for the arrival of the judges in the court room of the converted Teatro Mode...

Italy Shipwreck Trial

Francesco Schettino sits in front of two laptops during a pause of his trial at the Grosseto court, Italy, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Whatever verdict is d...

GROSSETO, Italy (AP) -- Prosecutors at the 2012 Costa Concordia shipwreck trial are insisting the captain's failure to promptly order an evacuation of the cruise ship is the sole reason why 32 people died.

A verdict is expected this week for Francesco Schettino, accused of causing the shipwreck near the Italian island of Giglio and of manslaughter and abandoning ship before all 4,200 aboard were evacuated.

Prosecutor Alessandro Leopizzi told the court Tuesday in Grosseto there would have been time for everyone to survive had Schettino promptly ordered an evacuation after the Concordia smashed into a reef. Instead it was "each man for himself," Leopizzi said of the chaotic evacuation.

Co-prosecutor Stefano Pizza called Schettino's conduct "reprehensible" and contended he tried to dump blame on others.

Schettino's defense claims equipment problems complicated the evacuation.


Updated : 2021-09-17 02:46 GMT+08:00