‘Captain Coward’ Schettino most hated man in Italy
Francesco Schettino, captain of the sunken Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, is the most hated man in Italy. Captain Schettino’s recklessness may have doomed the Costa Concordia, which hit a reef and capsized near the island of Giglio.
Just as damning is Francesco Schettino’s behavior after the Costa Concordia ran aground. First, he tried to downplay the seriousness of Costa Concordia’s problems to the authorities. Then he boarded a lifeboat and abandoned ship, leaving behind hundreds of passengers. The Italian coast guard ordered Schettino to return to the ship and participate in the rescue operation. Schettino responded that it was too dark and that another lifeboat was blocking him. He then headed for land and hailed a taxi. Schettino is now under house arrest.
Some of the men on board the Costa Concordia also behaved in an unchivalrous manner, shoving women and children aside to get a spot on one of the lifeboats.
Whatever happened to “women and children first?”