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Costa CEO Blames Captain Error For Ship Grounding

The Costa Concordia cruise liner lies on its side two days after it ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, Jan. 16. (AP)
The Costa Concordia cruise liner lies on its side two days after it ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, Jan. 16. (AP)

The captain of the cruise ship that capsized off Tuscany made an unauthorized, unapproved deviation from its programmed course, a "human error" that led to the grounding of the vessel, the chief executive of the ship's Italian owner said Monday. At least six people died in the incident.

The comments from Costa Crociere chairman and CEO Pier Luigi Foschi ramped up the pressure on the captain, who already is under investigation by authorities for suspected manslaughter and as well as allegations he abandoned ship before the passengers were safe, violating the Italian navigation code.

The Costa Concordia ran into a reef Friday night and capsized into the port area of Giglio, sparking a frantic evacuation of the 4,200 people onboard. Coast Guard officials have expressed concern that the ship might slip off the rocks where it is currently perched.

Firefighters on a dinghy look at a rock emerging from the side of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia, the day after it ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 15. (AP)
Firefighters on a dinghy look at a rock emerging from the side of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia, the day after it ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 15. (AP)

This program aired on January 16, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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