Costa captain 'wanted to get close' to reef
on 29/10/2013 18:22:12
Crew member Maitre d' Antonello Tievoli, who comes from the island of Giglio, said he asked captain Francesco Schettino make a close pass as a favour to his family who lived there.
Mr Tievoli said Schettino obliged on January 6 last year, but decided the Concordia had not been close enough and ordered his No. 2 officer to plot a closer route next time.
Exactly a week later, the Concordia smashed into the reef off Giglio and capsized, killing 32 passengers. Schettino has blamed the helmsman for the botched manoeuvre.