Captain 'lightly thrown off' sinking Italian ship

July 10, 2013 6:32 AM

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Captain 'lightly thrown off' sinking Italian ship

The captain of the Costa Concordia did not abandon his ship but was inadvertently "thrown" off the cruise liner during a chaotic evacuation, his lawyer said on Tuesday at the start of a long-anticipated trial.

Captain Francesco Schettino appeared in court in Grosseto, in Tuscany, the nearest city to the island of Giglio, where the ship capsized on the night of January 13, 2012, with the loss of 32 lives. The 52-year-old captain, who is accused of manslaughter, had not deliberately left hundreds of terrifi...

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