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Monday 21 April 2014

Captain returns to Concordia wreck

Captain Francesco Schettino, fourth from left, talks on the upper deck of the wreck of the Costa Concordia (AP)

The former captain of a luxury cruise liner that capsized off an Italian island has gone back aboard for the first time since the 2012 shipwreck that killed 32 people.

Francesco Schettino, who is on trial accused of manslaughter and abandoning ship, was allowed to board the Costa Concordia today to help court-appointed experts inspect generators.

Schettino donned a life vest before taking a boat to the wreck, which was set upright in a daring engineering feat last year.

Schettino, the sole defendant, claims that faulty generators and a poorly trained crew contributed to tragedy. The inspection was requested by defence and lawyers for consumer groups, which contend that Costa Crociere Spa, the cruise company, shares some blame.

Prosecutors contend Schettino deserves all the blame.

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