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Saturday 23 September 2017

Captain says he 'fell' off his ship

CRUISE ship captain Francesco Schettino says he tripped and fell from the listing vessel and never intended to abandon his passengers.

Capt Schettino is facing possible charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his ship.

His lawyer, Bruno Leporatti, said Schettino was "a deeply shaken man" over the loss of lives.

Capt Schettino claims he ended up in a life raft after he tripped and fell into the water.

"The ship suddenly listed and we were thrown into the water," he said.

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