ROME (AP) — The captain of a grounded cruise ship is heard in a recording making excuses as an Italian coast guard official repeatedly orders him to get back on his crippled ship.
In a telephone conversation, the official berates the captain, who is on a lifeboat and repeatedly says he doesn't want to return to the ship, even as passengers are still being evacuated. The ship struck a rock Friday evening and capsized.
The officer tells Francesco Schettino to reboard and assess the needs of passengers: "It is an order. Don't make any more excuses."
Schettino is finally heard agreeing to reboard. It is unclear whether he did.
Schettino has been jailed for investigation of manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing a shipwreck.