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Costa Concordia captain: ‘I’ll sail again’

Published 30/01/2013 | 11:33

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Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that run aground the tiny Island of Giglio last Friday, leaves the Grosseto court, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. Prosecutors have accused Capt. Francesco Schettino of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his ship before all passengers were evacuated during the grounding of the Costa Concordia cruise ship Friday night. Five more bodies were pulled Tuesday from the crippled cruise ship off Tuscany, and a shocking audio emerged in which the ship's captain was heard making excuses as the Italian coast guard repeatedly ordered him to return on board to oversee the ship's evacuation. (AP Photo/Alessandro La Rocca, Lapresse) ITALY OUT

THE captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia has returned to court to appeal against being sacked, and said he will "certainly" take command of a ship again.

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Francesco Schettino is challenging Costa Crociere's decision to fire him after the Concordia ran aground off Tuscany a year ago and capsized, killing 32 people. Court-appointed experts have blamed Schettino for the disaster, saying he took the ship off course in a stunt.

Schettino insists his deft steering saved lives and that the reef the ship hit was not on his charts.

As he arrived for the closed-door hearing in Torre Annunziata, near Naples, Schettino was asked if he thought he'd command a ship again. He replied: "Yes, certainly."

A separate court is deciding whether to indict Schettino on manslaughter and other charges.

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