Costa Captain Ordered Back On Ship During Accident

Transcript of audio between Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino and an officer with the Italian Port Authority.

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“Hello. This is De Falco from Livorno, am I speaking with the captain?”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“Yes, good evening Captain De Falco.”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“This is De Falco from Livorno, am I speaking with the captain? Please tell me your name.”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“This is captain Schettino.”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“Schettino? Listen Schettino, there are people trapped on board. Now you need to go on your life boat, under the bow of the ship on the side. There is a ladder. You need to climb up the ladder and board the ship. Get on board and report to me how many people there are. Is that clear? I am recording this conversation, captain Schettino.”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“Captain, let me tell you one thing…”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“Speak up!”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“The ship, at this moment…”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“Captain, speak up! Shield the microphone with your hand and speak louder, clear?”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“At this moment the ship is tilted.”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“I understand. Listen, there are people who are coming down the ladder on the bow. Go back in the opposite direction, get back on the ship, and tell me how many people there are and what they have on board. Clear? Tell me if there are children, women and what kind of help they need. And you tell me the number of each of these categories. Is that clear? Look, Schettino, perhaps you have saved yourself from the sea but I will make you look very bad. I will make you pay for this. Dammit!”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“Captain, please…”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“There is no please about it. Go back on board. Assure me you are going back on board!”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“I am in the life boat, under the ship, I haven’t gone anywhere, I’m here.”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“What are you doing?”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“I am coordinating…”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“What are you coordinating there? Get on board the ship and coordinate the rescue on board. Are you refusing?”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“No, no I am not refusing.”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“Are you refusing to go on board? Tell me the reason why you are not going.”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“I am not going because there is another life boat that has stopped.”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“You get on board. This is an order. You need to continue the rescue. You called the evacuation, now I am in charge. You need to go on board the ship, is that clear?”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“Captain.”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“Can you hear me?”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“I am going.”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“Go. Call me when you are on board. My air rescue team is there. He is at the bow. Get going. There are already corpses Schettino. Move!”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“How many dead are there?”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“I don’t know. One I am aware of. One I’ve heard of. You need to be telling me this. Christ!”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“But you are aware it is dark and we can’t see anything?”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“And what do you want? To go back home, Schettino? It’s dark and you want to go back home? Get on the bow of the ship and tell me what can be done, how many people there are and what do they need. Now!”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“I am here with the second commander.”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“Excuse me?”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“I am here with the second commander his name is…”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“So both of you get on board, both of you. What is the name of the second?”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“Dimitry.”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“Dimitry who?”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“Dimitry.. ” (Unclear)

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“You and your second commander, go and get on board now. Is that clear?”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“Captain, I want to get on board the ship but the other life boat has stopped its engine and it is drifting and I called other rescuers.”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“It’s already one hour you are telling me this. Now, get on board. Get on board! And you tell me how many people there are.”

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN FRANCESCO SCHETTINO SAYING:

“Okay, Captain.”

LIVORNO PORT AUTHORITY MR. DE FALCO SAYING:

“Go, right now!”

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