Transcript: Concordia captain abandons ship!

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  • Transcripts of recordings between cruise ship captain and port authority are released
  • Port authority clearly criticizes captain for abandoning ship
Transcript: Concordia captain abandons ship!

Newly obtained recordings between the Italian Port Authority and Coast Guard officials and the captain of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia reveal shocking details about what happened when the ship started to sink. 

CNN confirms that 11 people are dead and 23 are still missing after the ship wreck. Italian authorities arrested the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, who faces charges of ship abandonment and manslaughter. Check out the translated transcript of the recordings below:

Livorno Port Authorities: "Concordia, we ask you if all is OK there."
Concordia: "All is well."

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Port authority: "Concordia, We ask you if all is well there."
Concordia: "All is well. It is only a technical failure."

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Port authority: "How many people are on board?"
Schettino: "Two-three hundred"
Port authority: "How come so few people? Are you on board?’
Schettino: "No, I’m not on board because the ship is keeling. We’ve abandoned it."
Port authority: "What? You’ve abandoned the ship?"
Schettino: "No. What abandon? I’m here."

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Italian Coast Guard Capt. Gregorio De Falco: "Captain. This is De Falco from Livorno."
Schettino: "Commandant, I’ve also alerted the company … I’m being told that there are still passengers on board, apparently they are about one hundred … but I repeat …"
De Falco: "Captain. You are not able to tell me an exact figure? About a hundred people, it seems?"
Schettino: "Commandant, I am not able to give you an exact figure because let me explain ... while we were evacuating the last passengers … now we are all here with all the officers …"
De Falco: "Where are you? On the lifeboats? All the officers?"
Schettino: "Yes, we are with the second commander …"
De Falco: "Forgive me, but before you were only with a sailor. If the officers managed to get down, it means that they could still move."
Schettino: "Yes ... in fact ..."
De Falco: "Then why don’t they get back on board? To monitor the operation and then they can tell us. Thank you."
Schettino: "No it is not possible …"
De Falco: "Send them on board. Send one person on board to coordinate ..."
Schettino: "But I am doing the coordination."
De Falco: "I’m giving you an order captain. You need to send someone on board."
Schettino: "We are going on board to coordinate."
De Falco: "Exactly. You need to get on board to coordinate the evacuation. Is that clear?!"
Schettino: "But we can’t get on board now … the ship is now … (hard to understand) ..."
De Falco: "Why did you tell them to get down?"
Schettino: "What do you mean get down? We abandoned the ship … the ship turned ..."
De Falco: "... and with one hundred people on board you abandon the ship? (Expletive)"
Schettino: "I did not abandon any ship with 100 people … the ship (hard to understand) ... we were catapulted into the water ..."
De Falco: "We’ll see later what happened. OK? Now tell me everything that takes place. Everything. Get under with the lifeboat (not very clear at this point). Don’t move. Clear?"
Schettino: "Commandant ... we are here … we are here ..."

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Port authority: "You must return on board. Climb the ladder (rope ladder), return to the fore (stem) and coordinate the work."
Schettino does not reply
Port authority: "You must tell us how many people are on board, how many women, how many children. You have to coordinate the rescue operation. Commander, this is an order. Now I’m in charge, you have abandoned ship and now you are going to go to the stem and coordinate the work. There are already dead bodies."
Schettino: "How many?"
Port authority: "You should be the one telling me this … What do you want to do? Do you want to go home? ... Now go back on the stem and tell me what to do.."

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Italian Coast Guard Capt. Gregorio De Falco: "Listen, this is De Falco from Livorno. Am I speaking with the captain?"
Schettino: "Yes."
Italian Coast Guard Capt. Gregorio De Falco: "Tell me your name."
Schettino: "This is Captain Schettino, commandant."
De Falco: "Listen Schettino, there are people trapped on board. Now, you have to go with your lifeboat and go under the boat stem on the straight side, there is a ladder there."
De Falco: "Get on board on the ship and tell me, you tell me how many people there are."
De Falco: "Clear? I’m recording this conversation, Captain Schettino."
Schettino: "Well then commandant, I need to tell you something."
De Falco: "Speak loudly."
Schettino: "The ship now … I’m here in front of it ..."
De Falco: "Captain, speak loudly."
Schettino: "Commandant, at this moment the ship is tilted."
De Falco: "I understand. Listen. There are people who are coming down the stem ladder. You must take that ladder in the opposite direction. Get on board the ship and you tell me how many people are on board, and what do they have. Clear? You tell me if there are children, women, people with special needs. And you tell me how many there are of each category ..."
De Falco: "Is that clear?"
De Falco: "Look Schettino, you might have been saved from the sea, but I will make sure you go through a very rough time … I will make sure you go through a lot of trouble. Get on board, damn it."

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Schettino: "Commandant, please …"
Port authority: "No ... please. No, you get on board. Assure me that you are getting on board."
Schettino: (Hard to understand) "I’m here with the rescuers. I’m here. I’ve not gone anywhere. I’m here."
Port authority: "What are you doing captain?"
Schettino: "I’m here coordinating the rescue."
Port authority: (Speaks over captain): "What are you coordinating there? Go on board and coordinate from there the rescue operation. Are you refusing?"
Schettino: "No, no, I’m not refusing."
Port authority: "You are refusing to go on board? And why are you not going on board?"
Schettino: "I am going because now there is the other motorboat (Lancia) that has stopped now."
Port authority: "You go on board. It is an order. You cannot make any other evaluations. You have declared abandoning ship. Now I’m in charge. You get on board. Is it clear?"
Schettino:  "Commandant ..."
Port authority over captain: "Are you not listening to me ..."
Schettino speaks over Port authority: "I’m going ..."
Schettino: "Call me immediately when you get on board. Our rescue officer is there."
Schettino:  "Where is your rescue officer?"
Port authority: "My rescue officer is at the stem … Go … (can hear captain saying OK) … There are already bodies, Schettino."
Schettino: "How many dead bodies are there?"
Port authority: "I don’t know. I know of one. I’ve heard of one. You are the one to tell me how many there are. Christ!"
Schettino: "Are you aware that it is dark here and we cannot see anything?"
Port authority: "So? Do you want to go home Schettino? It is dark and you want to go home? Climb the ladder and get on the stem."
Port authority: "... and tell me what can be done, how many people are there, what do they need. Now."
Schettino: "Commandant, we are with the second in command …"
Port authority: "Then both of you climb up. What is his name?"
Schettino: "Dimitris Christidis."
Port authority: "You are your guard. Go on board, now!"
Schettino: "Commandant … I want to go on board, it is just that the other lifeboat here … there are other rescue operators ... it has stopped and it is stuck there ... now I’ve called other rescue operators ..."
Port authority: "It is one hour that you are telling me this. You go on board. On b.o.a.r.d (says the word slowly almost spelling it out). And you immediately tell me how many people there are"
Schettino:  "OK."

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