Francesco Schettino, former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner, returned to the ship on Thursday for the first time since it sank just over two years ago with the loss of 32 lives.
The former captain returned to the vessel accompanied by a court-appointed team of experts investigating the capsize as part of his trial for multiple charges including manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.
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His return comes over two years since he refused coast guard orders to return to the ship as it sank on the night of January 13, 2013.
Above, Francesco Schettino (C) arrives at Giglio harbour February 27, 2014, as he prepares to return to the vessel for the first time since it sank in 2012, killing 32 people.
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Back On Board: Schettino, pictured in light blue below, gestures while onboard the ship with a team of investigators.
“Sorry, was that difficult for you?”
Francesco Schettino (C) returned to Giglio after going back on board the cruise liner to a swarm of reporters and reacted angrily when pressed about the wreck.
“You’re really harassing me,” he said as he was bombarded by questions. “I’ve given my technical contribution as captain, I’ve given precise details that will help the final investigation,” he said but declined to answer questions.
Photos (c) REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi