ROME -- ROME (AP) — "The Italian court trying the captain of the shipwrecked Concordia has heard how panicking crew in the rapidly flooding engine room tried repeatedly to convey to him how crippled the ship was after it collided with a reef off a Tuscan island.
The phone call between engine room crew and Captain Francesco Schettino up on the bridge was played aloud Tuesday at his trial in Tuscany on charges of manslaughter, causing the 2012 shipwreck and abandoning the vessel before all were evacuated. Thirty-two people perished in the crash."_
EDITOR'S NOTE: This trial once again brings to the fore front the exact nature of a Captain's duty on a large passenger vessel in a major accident. May the master actually get off the wreck with passengers still entrapped? When the event first happened we received a guest blog from an experienced American Master with large passenger vessel experience. We republish those thoughts following this post. They are worth revisiting as the trial unfolds.