'Disgraced' Costa Concordia captain confident of 'sailing again'

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 10:21 hrs
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London: The captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, the cruise liner that ran aground off the Italian coast last year, is convinced he can one day return to the helm of a cruise ship.

Captain Francesco Schettino is confident about sailing again despite being under investigation for abandoning ship and causing the deaths of 32 people.

According to the Telegraph, Schettino was asked whether he still harboured hopes of returning to sea and replied "Yes, certainly".

His remarks came while responding to journalists' questions as he entered a court near Naples, where he is fighting his dismissal by Costa Cruises, the firm that owns the Concordia.

According to the paper, he has also demanded back pay, which he says is owed to him since being dismissed by the cruise ship company last July.

Capt Schettino was in charge of the cruise liner, which smashed into rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio, forcing the chaotic night-time evacuation of 4,200 passengers and crew from dozens of nationalities.

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