1. Costa Concordia

    Shipwreck Captain Admits ‘Mistake’

    The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner Francesco Schettino is escorted by an Italian policeman in Grosseto on January 14, 2012. The cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, last night. Three people died and several were missing after the ship with more than 4,000 people on board ran aground sparking chaos as passengers scrambled to get off. Two South Korean honeymooners were rescued early today from the cruise as emergency crews searched for the missing.  AFP PHOTO / ENZO RUSSO (Photo credit should read ENZO RUSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Francesco Schettino, the captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia, said in a deposition released Wednesday that he made a “mistake,” but he maintained that he ran the ship aground to keep it from sinking. According to reports in Italian media, Schettino said in the 126-page court deposition that he “hit this procession of rock, that almost seems stuck into the ship, but this was my mistake … There isn’t anything I can say, as I was convinced there wouldn’t be a problem.” But Schettino dismissed allegations that he was going too fast, since there isn’t a speed limit. He maintained he ran the ship aground to limit the tilting. Italian media also published transcripts of a wiretapped conversation between Schettino and a friend shortly after the shipwreck, in which Schettino said, “In my place, someone wouldn’t have been so benevolent to go right under there, because they would have pissed me off.”

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