Cruise Ship Captain

January 18, 2012 by staff 

Cruise Ship Captain, “If I had to make a comparison, we got the impression that he would drive a bus like a Ferrari,” Martino Pellegrino, one of the officers on board the Costa Concordia, told Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper.

Salvage work was expected to begin on the ship later on Wednesday, as hopes faded that any more survivors would be rescued. The search was suspended early on Wednesday morning after the ship shifted on the rock. 24 people remain missing, while 11 people have so far been found dead.

Mr Pellegrino said Capt Schettino was an “authoritarian” who was often “inflexible” in the way he commanded the giant liner as it cruised the Mediterranean.

Mario Palombo, a former Costa commander and colleague of the captain, said: “I’ve always had my reservations about Schettino. It’s true, he was my second in command, but he was too exuberant. A daredevil. More than once I had to put him in his place.”

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