Costa captain 'wanted to get close' to reef

The captain of the doomed Costa Concordia hit a reef off the coast of a Tuscan island after being disappointed at not getting close enough to it on an earlier attempt, his trial has been told.

Costa captain 'wanted to get close' to reef

The captain of the doomed Costa Concordia hit a reef off the coast of a Tuscan island after being disappointed at not getting close enough to it on an earlier attempt, his trial has been told.

Crew member Maitre d’ Antonello Tievoli, who comes from the island of Giglio, said he asked captain Francesco Schettino make a close pass as a favour to his family who lived there.

Mr Tievoli said Schettino obliged on January 6 last year, but decided the Concordia had not been close enough and ordered his No. 2 officer to plot a closer route next time.

Exactly a week later, the Concordia smashed into the reef off Giglio and capsized, killing 32 passengers. Schettino has blamed the helmsman for the botched manoeuvre.

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