The captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia had been drinking ‘with a beautiful woman’ at the ship’s bar before he sailed into disaster, it was claimed last night.
Francesco Schettino, 52, has been arrested on suspicion of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship when the cruise liner ran aground after sustaining a 160ft gash in the port-side hull.
Six people are now confirmed dead and 14 are still missing. The sixth person – a male passenger – was found dead wearing a life vest on the second deck of the ship, according to an Italian news agency. That area of the boat was not submerged.
One passenger has accused the captain of drinking in one of the ship’s bars on the night the vessel ran aground, before taking control after the crash.
Monique Maurek, 41, from the Netherlands, said: ‘What scandalised me most was when I saw the captain spending much of the evening before we hit the rocks drinking in the bar with a beautiful woman on his arm.
B-b-but wait it gets worse…
‘Most people didn’t even have any idea of what the evacuation warning sound would be.
‘It was only because some of us had already been on a cruise that we recognised that seven blasts of the horn was a signal to abandon ship.’
Phil Metcalf, whose daughter Rose was one of the last people off the ship, said she had revealed the captain allegedly abandoned ship in the early stages of the evacuation, leaving his staff onboard.
He said: ‘Since the captain had left there was nobody, so everybody was left to their own devices hence some of the chaos, so obviously the crew took it upon themselves and decided in the absence of the captain to organise and try and help people.’
So this dirty son-of-a-beyotch jumped ship soon as isht got ugly??? Hope they find a nice lil’ creative punishment for this coward!