NEWSFLASH: The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, was arrested and is being investigated for manslaughter and abandoning his ship that ran aground and capsized off Italy’s west coast, CNN reports. The luxury cruise liner suffered a 160-foot-gash in the side that left at least three dead and about 40 passengers missing. Investigators reportedly want to know why Captain Francesco Schettino didn’t immediately call for help when it first ran aground off the island of Giglio, near the coast of Tuscany late Friday.
Sky News is reporting the ship’s first officer, Ciro Ambrosio, was also detained. The ship was reportedly at least four miles off course when it ran aground. Captain Francesco Schettino gave the order to abandon ship with seven short whistles. He had abandoned the ship before the last passengers were taken to safety. That’s a no-no. The captain never abandons his ship with people still on board. The Costa Concordia had approached the island of Giglio “the wrong way,” local prosecutor Francesco Verusio told Sky News.