Thursday 25 December 2014

Harbour master's log reveals how tragedy unfolded

Published 22/01/2012 | 05:00

The log compiled by the Harbour Master at the port of Livorno gives the fullest account yet of the disaster which engulfed the Costa Concordia.

22.06 Police contact Harbour Master's office after hearing dining room ceiling on Concordia has fallen in and passengers ordered to don life jackets.

22.14 Harbour Master contacts Concordia: is there a problem? An officer insists it's just a blackout.

22.16 Nearby police patrol-boat G104 asks if it should check Concordia.

22.17 Harbour Master informs superiors of suspicions there is more wrong with Concordia than being admitted.

22.26 Harbour Master contacts ship's captain, Francesco Schettino. He says ship is taking on water through opening on left side, ship is listing. No dead or injured. Requests tug boat.

22.34 Harbour Master contacts Concordia, which sends "distress" message: they are now evacuating 3,208 passengers and 1,023 crew.

22.39 Patrol-boat reports ship leaning heavily to one side; then grounded.

22.45 Schettino denies this; he will try to bring her around.

22.48 Harbour Master asks Concordia to consider abandoning ship. Answer: "We are considering it".

22.58 Schettino tells Harbour Master he has given order to abandon ship.

23.23 Concordia reports large tear on right side.

00.12 Patrol-boat says lifeboats can't be launched on left.

00.34 Schettino says he is in lifeboat and can see three people in water.

00.36 Patrol-boat can still see 70-80 people on board.

00.38 Rescue helicopter sees many people on board and some in water.

00.42 Schettino and all his officers are in lifeboat. Captain De Falco [in charge of Harbour Master's office] orders them back on board.

01.04 Helicopter lowers air force officer on board; he reports 100 people still to be evacuated.

01.45 Officer confirms rope ladder strung across hull is safe to use.

01.46 De Falco orders Schettino back on board using rope ladder.

02.29 Three people reported hanging from prow of ship.

02.53 Police board ship using rope ladder. Schettino seen heading towards port in lifeboat.

03.05 600 people evacuated by Isola Del Giglio ferry. Three confirmed dead.

03.17 Police identify Schettino on quay.

03.44 Air force officer reports 40-50 people left to evacuate.

04.46 Evacuation complete.

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