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Monday 18 December 2017

Dancer's lingerie found in Costa cruise captain's cabin

lingerie belonging to Domnica Cemortan, a Moldova dancer, were found in the cabin of Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, it has been reported.

Domnica Cemortan was reportedly seen sharing a decanter of wine with the captain half an hour before the Costa Concordia disaster.

Divers found the clothing, as well as a beauty case, when they searched the private cabin of Capt Francisco Schettino (52) who faces charges of abandoning ship and manslaughter, according to La Repubblica newspaper.

The items are believed to belong to Miss Cemortan (25), a former cruise ship dancer and tourist rep who had dinner with the captain on the evening that he accidentally steered the 950ft long luxury liner into rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio.

Miss Cemortan reportedly told prosecutors in Grosseto, Tuscany, after the tragedy that she was "in love" with Capt Schettino, who is married with a teenage daughter.

She was interviewed for nearly six hours on Wednesday by prosecutors in a police station in Grosseto, Tuscany, amid reports that divers had found some of her belongings in Capt Francesco Schettino's cabin.

"I love him, and it's not right to destroy his reputation," Ms Cemortan allegedly told investigators.

See Travel, Page 32

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