Costa Concordia's Captain requests plea deal

By Accidents

The captain of shipwrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia that sank on 13th of January, 2013 resulting in the death of 32 people and the injury of 157 others, Francesco Schettino, has requested a new plea bargain after an earlier try failed.

Francesco Schettino faces charges, which include manslaughter and causing the loss of his cruise vessel in the incident in January last year. According to the accident report on Costa Concordia issued this May , the main cause of the casualty is attributed to "the Master's unconventional behavior".

The enormous cruise liner struck a rock off the picturesque Giglio Island and keeled onto its side, setting off a chaotic night evacuation of over 4,000 cruise guests and crew members.

Defence lawyer Donato stated that Capt. Francesco Schettino would offer to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of 3 years and 5 months that would allow the complex trial to be resolved more quickly.