In a story that is hard to get confirmation of, but that seems plausible, a report says the captain of the Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, that sank Jan. 13, is writing a book. It's about the disaster, his crew and his girlfriend.
In Australia, Sky News made that claim, saying La Stampa in Italy was the first to publish details. However, DJ was unable to find a story about captain Francesca Schettino writing a book, neither in the Italian or English language editions of La Stampa. The report says Schettino is writing the book now and that it will be published by an American publishing company.
Francesco Schettino and Costa Concordia
Schettino, under house arrest at his home near Naples where he awaits trial on a number of charges, including abandoning his ship, causing a shipwreck and manslaughter, denied responsibility for the wreck, saying the pass he did close to the island of Giglio was on orders. Costa Cruises, the company that operated the ship, have stated that they did not authorize his maneuver, nor did they know he was doing it.
The book reportedly details his side of events of the night the ship went down, going into detail on orders given and his relationships with members of his crew. He will also provide details of the young Moldavian dancer who he is said to have had a relationship with and who was on the bridge the night the ship hit the rocks.
Thirty-two people are believed to have died in the disaster; to date 25 bodies have been recovered.