Report: Ship Captain Was Drinking

    A coast guard boat patrols near the Costa Concordia on January 15, 2012, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio yesterday. Two French passengers and one Peruvian crew member have been confirmed killed in the disaster, apparently after jumping into the chilly Mediterranean waters after the Costa Concordia hit rocks late Friday and began to keel over. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    If this is true, his newfound status as “Italy’s most hated man” is understandable. Passengers say Francesco Schettino, the captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, was drinking at the bar with a “beautiful woman” shortly before his ship hit a rocky crag close to the shores of the Italian island of Giglio, according to The Daily Mail. Italian prosecutors also claim Schettino was steering the ship near the rocky shore to send a greeting signal to someone on the island, though they say it had apparently become a tradition to do so. According to the Telegraph, there are reports that the ship’s officers had a friend on shore they wanted to salute.

    Read it at The Daily Mail