Dominica Cermotan

January 20, 2012 by staff 

Dominica Cermotan, Domnica Cermotan aka Dominica Cermotan, dubbed la donna de Francesco Schettino by Italian news, released photos and a news statement on her Facebook account defending the Costa Concordia captain. But Domnica Cermotan (fotos below) has now granted her first news video interview about Schettino. In it, Domnica claims that Schettino did not abandon his ship during the Costa Concordia accident.

Domnica Cermotan has yet to detail her exact relationship with Francesco Schettino. But she tells news that she has known the captain for years. After she initially issued a news statement on her Facebook account, Domnica Cermotan later granted a news interview to JurnalTV Channel 7 in her native Moldova. The interview, which has yet to be translated to English, was carried on Italian broadcast TV news today.

In the video, Channel7 refers to Domnica as a “survivor”, rather than a crew member or passenger. In fact, the 25-year old Moldovan claims she was working as a hostess, an employee of Costa on the Concordia, on the boat.

But she tells news that she wasn’t working the night of the Costa Concordia accident. Rather, she claims she was with Schettino, the cruise director and other crew members, on the bridge, when the ship ran a rock.

Initially, Domnica Cermotan told news that she was dining with Schettino in a glass room next to the bridge. But after terror erupted, she claimed she was summoned to provide translation services to evacuating Russian-language passengers.

She told the channel “We were looking for them, searching for them (the Russians).” She added “We heard them all crying, shouting in all languages.”

Domnica Cermotan defends Schettino. Initial witnesses claimed that Schettino was in the boat’s bar at the time of the crash. Domnica says that is false. She tells news that Schettino and other crew members were on deck when the crash happened. Moreover, she claims she was at one point in an abutting glass room; from inside she still observed Schettino on deck.

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