Why did Captain Schettino leave his ship in the first instance?
Coastguard tells him to climb up the ladder and get back on board. Recording of conversation between the Coastguard and Capt Schettino:
What next for the Italian cruise ship, Costa Concordia?
Click the twitter link above to read more about the possible plans for the future of the stricken vessel.
Update – Costa Concordia
Latest Update: Could a power blackout have caused the Italian cruise ship to go off navigation track and run aground?
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Update: Passengers and crew have been evacuated. Anyone concerned about British passengers should contact either the British Embassy in Rome on (+39) 06 4220 0001 or the Foreign Office in London on 0207 008 1500.
More than 4,000 people were onboard at the time and the ship had only left port 2 hours earlier. British, Italian, French and German tourists complained the evacuation was disorganised which led to delays.
The lifeboats could not be launched due to the ship listing so badly. Full story and photos via the Guardian twitter link below. Updates are still coming in as the day develops and already there are a number of differing comments from it being the first night of the cruise itinerary or the last night of the cruise, depending on where you read. Either way, it’s all going to be an interesting turn of events.
Photos of the huge whole in the hull of the ship makes you wonder how the ship managed to strike something that could cause a gash of some 50m in length.