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Costa Concordia captain Schettino blames helmsman for crash

Costa Concordia captain Schettino blames helmsman for crash
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The sombre hunt for the bodies of the two missing passengers aboard the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise continues.

The wreckage was raised in a mammoth operation last week, allowing for the recovery to be carried out off the Italian island of Giglio.

Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and the police have begun scouring the sea for an Italian woman and Indian man still unaccounted for when the ship ran aground in January 2012.

The ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino is placing the blame on his helmsman, as his lawyer Francesco Pepe explains:

“The command was given to the helmsman four minutes before the impact. Though he has never denied his responsibility as Commander, surely the faults attributed to him, that he had taken the helm and leading the ship somewhere, do not correspond to the truth .”

A maritime expert at the trial said that the helmsman’s reaction was not key, and the crash would have happened anyway.

Schettino, the sole defendent, is charged with manslaughter. If convicted he could face up to 20 years in prison.