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Costa Concordia captain boards wreck with accident investigators


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Costa Concordia captain boards wreck with accident investigators

The captain of the doomed cruise liner the Costa Concordia has returned to the scene of the disaster in Italy for which prosecutors say he is to blame.

Francesco Schettino boarded the twisted wreck as a defendant, along with technical experts appointed by the court dealing with the case.

He is facing multiple charges over the tragedy in which 32 passengers died.

Schettino remains adamant that the responsibility is not solely his. He told reporters at the quayside on the Italian island of Giglio that he knew of another defendant who had admitted guilt and had plea bargained. “You should wait for the outcome of the trial before identifying the guilty,” he said.

The inspection focused on the ship’s emergency generator room and its elevators.

One of those involved in the inspection complained that two years on from the accident a visit by experts came too late.

“We had asked in June 2012 that no one (else) be allowed on the site, but we were not listened to and now look what has happened. We hope we can find something that is still useful to see,” said Prof. Bruno Neri of Pisa University.

The luxury liner capsized after it sailed too close to rocks off the tiny tourist island in an unauthorised manouevre.

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