Italian shipwreck captain wants job back
Francesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia, has launched legal action to get his job back nine months after the luxury cruise liner capsized off the island of Giglio with the loss of 32 lives.
Capt Francesco Schettino (pictured left) is also claiming back pay, after it emerged that he had been dismissed by Costa Cruises, the company that owns the Concordia, in July.
The captain has claimed that he managed to save lives on the night of the disaster by steering the listing ship so that it sank in shallows off the coast of Giglio, rather than in open water.
He is expected to turn up in Grosseto in Tuscany on Monday for a court hearing at which he is expected to be sent to trial.
He could be charged with abandoning ship, contravening the laws of the sea, as well as multiple counts of manslaughter. (© Daily Telegraph, London)