Captain Schettino of the Costa Concordia Guilty of Manslaughter

captainconcordiaAfter a 19 month trial, Captain Francesco Schettino has been found guilty of manslaughter associated with the grounding and sinking of the Costa Concordia in 2012 in which 32 passengers and crew died. Another 150 passengers and crew were injured. Schettino was sentenced to 16 years and one month in prison. The verdict is expected to be appealed.

In 2103, Costa Line’s cabin service director, the Costa Concordia‘s first officer, third officer and the ship’s helmsman were all convicted on various charges under a plea bargain deal in which none has served prison time. Lawyers for the plaintiffs’ lawyers were pleased with Schettino’s conviction, but have complained to the court that no one from the cruise company’s upper management was ever charged with a crime.

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5 Responses to Captain Schettino of the Costa Concordia Guilty of Manslaughter

  1. Since I no longer publish Nautical Log readers are spared my remarks regarding this inexcusable incident. However I could not miss seeing what Old Salt had to say. Being that this is an Italian Court Schettino is quite likely not to actually serve any prison time. If he should it is a mere 6 months for each person lost due to deplorable behaviour.

    Good Watch.

  2. Rick Spilman says:

    Hello Captain,

    Great to see you, if only virtually. We will have more comments in the coming days.

  3. Phil says:

    Just saw on international news, said he won’t see jail for years to come, no house arrest either, has to run through all the appeals first.
    He could die by then, or be taken out.

  4. Phil says:

    Someone might have messed up, but it rolled across the ABC screen this morning saying he got 8 years. I’m still trying to confirm that.

  5. Phil says:

    My mistake, sorry.

    Hong Kong Captain Gets 8 Years for Deadly 2012 Sea Collision 
    A Hong Kong ferry captain was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for the deaths of 39 … spokeswoman. The captain of the other boat involved in the collision, Chow Chi-wai, was given
    abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hong-kong-captain-years-deadly-2012-sea-collision-28991480