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Ill-fated ship's crew 'on drugs and drink'

The Costa Concordia and other vessels in the cruise ship's fleet were hotbeds of sexual harassment, drinking and drug abuse, former crew members have claimed.

Two women have reportedly told Italian prosecutors leading the investigation into the sinking of the Concordia off an Italian island six weeks ago that they saw some officers snorting cocaine, drinking to the point of inebriation and harassing female staff.

Captain Francesco Schettino, the Costa Concordia's commander, "used women as goods to be exchanged", one of the women said, according to two Italian newspapers.

The former crew members, one a nurse and the other a passenger rep, worked on the Costa Concordia and other ships in 2009 and 2010.

Their claims are reportedly in 5,000 pages of evidence gathered on the January 13 disaster. The first hearing into the disaster will be held tomorrow. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent