Italian cruise ship captain detained

January 15th, 2012 - 7:47 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Jan 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Italian prosecutors have detained the captain of the luxury ship cruiser that ran aground near the coast of Tuscany early Saturday, Italian media reported.

The 290-metre-long, 1,500-cabin Costa Concordia liner was on a Mediterranean cruise when it hit a reef near Giglio island, after which the ship tilted heavily to one side.

Francesco Schettino, the captain, was questioned for several hours before being taken to a pre-trial detention facility.

Schettino said that the Costa Concordia liner with over 4,200 passengers on board hit reefs that were not marked on the navigation map.

The captain of the ill-fated ship is suspected of manslaughter and leaving the ship in distress before the evacuation was over.

The liner ran aground off the Isola del Giglio island.

At least three people - two French passengers and a crewmember from Peru - were killed and 67 were injured. About 70 passengers are still listed as missing.

A criminal investigation was launched to investigate the shipwreck and fatalities.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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