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Lawyer Says Captain `Deeply Shaken’ [VIDEO]

Cruise Ship Costa Concordia Runs Aground Off Giglio
Cruise Ship Costa Concordia Runs Aground Off Giglio (Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

The lawyer for the captain of the cruise ship that ran aground off Italy says the captain is “deeply shaken” by the loss of his ship and the loss of lives.

Captain Francesco Schettino
Captain Francesco Schettino (YouTube)

Italian media reports say Capt. Francesco Schettino is back at his home near Naples, after a judge let him out of jail and ordered him placed under house arrest instead.

His lawyer says house arrest makes sense given there was no evidence the captain intended to flee. He says Schettino “never left the scene” of the shipwreck and coordinated the evacuation from the shore after leaving the ship.

Prosecutors are expected to file criminal charges against the captain, including manslaughter and abandoning ship. Schettino has insisted that he stayed aboard until the ship was evacuated. But a recording of his conversation with an Italian Coast Guard captain reveals that he fled to a lifeboat before all passengers were off, then defied orders to get back aboard the listing ship.

Eleven people are known dead and 22 are missing following the Friday night accident. Rescue workers suspended the search today after the ship moved slightly on the rocks.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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