Concordia Captain Explains Actions

The captain accused of causing the Costa Concordia disaster says he sailed the cruise ship close to a nearby island to impress passengers. In his first testimony at his trial, Francesco Schettino said he wanted to give passengers a better view. Mr Schettino faces charges of manslaughter and dereliction of duty.

Thirty-two people died in January 2012 after the Concordia struck an outcrop of rocks and rolled onto its side near to the holiday island of Giglio. Mr Schettino denied rumours that he manoeuvred the ship to impress a woman who was at the helm with him at the time. Instead, he told the court that there were “commercial” reasons behind the move.