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Transcript of cruise captain and Italian coast guard officer

Here is a translation of the transcript of the conversation between Capt. Francesco Schettino, commander of the grounded Costa Concordia, and Capt. Gregorio De Falco of the Italian coast guard in Livorno. The Italian coast guard confirmed its authenticity Tuesday. Authorities say Shettino never reboarded his ship.

De Falco: "Schettino? Listen, Schettino. There are people trapped on board. Now you go with your boat under the prow on the starboard side. There is a pilot ladder. You will climb that ladder and go on board. You go on board and then you will tell me how many people there are. Is that clear? I'm recording this conversation, Cmdr. Schettino . . ."

Schettino: "Commander, let me tell you one thing . . ."

De Falco: "Speak up! Put your hand in front of the microphone and speak more loudly, is that clear?"

Schettino: "In this moment, the boat is tipping . . ."

De Falco: "I understand that, listen, there are people that are coming down the pilot ladder of the prow. You go up that pilot ladder, get on that ship and tell me how many people are still on board. And what they need. Is that clear? You need to tell me if there are children, women or people in need of assistance. And tell me the exact number of each of these categories. Is that clear? Listen, Schettino, that you saved yourself from the sea, but I am going to . . . I'm going to make sure you get in trouble. . . . I am going to make you pay for this. Go on board, (expletive)!"

Schettino: "Commander, please. . . ."

De Falco: "No, please. You now get up and go on board. They are telling me that on board there are still . . ."

Schettino: "I am here with the rescue boats, I am here, I am not going anywhere, I am here. . . ."

De Falco: "What are you doing, commander?"

Schettino: "I am here to coordinate the rescue. . . ."

De Falco: "What are you coordinating there? Go on board! Coordinate the rescue from aboard the ship. Are you refusing?"

Schettino: "No, I am not refusing."

De Falco: "Are you refusing to go aboard, commander? Can you tell me the reason why you are not going?"

Schettino: "I am not going because the other lifeboat is stopped."

De Falco: "You go aboard. It is an order. Don't make any more excuses. You have declared 'abandon ship.' Now I am in charge. You go on board! Is that clear? Do you hear me? Go, and call me when you are aboard. My air rescue crew is there."

Schettino: "Where are your rescuers?"

De Falco: "My air rescue is on the prow. Go. There are already bodies, Schettino."

Schettino: "How many bodies are there?"

De Falco: "I don't know. I have heard of one. You are the one who has to tell me how many there are. Christ."

Schettino: "But do you realize it is dark and here we can't see anything. . . ."

De Falco: "And so what? You want go home, Schettino? It is dark and you want to go home? Get on that prow of the boat using the pilot ladder and tell me what can be done, how many people there are and what their needs are. Now!"

Schettino: ". . . I am with my second in command."

De Falco: "So both of you go up then. . . . You and your second go on board now. Is that clear?"

Schettino: "Commander, I want to go on board, but it is simply that the other boat here . . . there are other rescuers. It has stopped and is waiting . . ."

De Falco: "It has been an hour that you have been telling me the same thing. Now, go on board. Go on board! And then tell me immediately how many people there are there."

Schettino: "Okay, commander."

De Falco: "Go, immediately!"

"You go aboard. It is an order. Don't make any more excuses.''

A leading Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, published transcripts of a screaming match between the Italian coast guard and Capt. Francesco Schettino, who fled to a life boat before accounting for all 4,200 passengers and crew. Read it on 8A, and hear it at links.tampabay.com.

Death toll now 11

Five bodies in life jackets were found Tuesday in the stern. A Minnesota couple are among the 24 still missing. More on 8A

Listen on the Web

Audio of the exchange, with English subtitles, is at links.tampabay.com.

Ship captain

faces charges

Capt. Francesco Schettino, 52, commander of the Costa Concordia, has been accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his vessel before all passengers were evacuated. Schettino could face up to 12 years in prison on the abandoning ship charge alone. Schettino, described by the Italian media as a genial ship's officer, has worked for 11 years for the ship's owner and was made captain in 2006. He hails from Meta di Sorrento, which produces many of Italy's ferry and cruise boat captains. He attended the Nino Bixio merchant marine school near Sorrento.

Divers blast through hull

Italian naval divers exploded four holes in the hull, trying to speed up the search for the 24 people still missing. A navy spokesman said the holes would help divers enter the wreck more easily. A Dutch shipwreck salvage firm, meanwhile, said it would take its engineers and divers two to four weeks to extract the 500,000 gallons of fuel aboard the ship.

Transcript of cruise captain and Italian coast guard officer 01/17/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 11:08pm]
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