Lawyer: Concordia captain had time to save all

2015-02-10 19:49
The captain of the Costa Concordia Francesco Schettino. (File, AFP)

The captain of the Costa Concordia Francesco Schettino. (File, AFP)

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Grosseto - 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 on 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.

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