Costa Concordia: Top 4 'deceptions' by ship's captain

From the moment that Capt. Francesco Schettino made his fateful decision to steer the Costa Concordia cruise ship close to shore, to his description of whether he stayed with the ship to help evacuate its 4,000 passengers, there has been a pattern of untruths and attempted coverup. Here are four examples, running the gamut from 'technical' to incredulous.

Only 40 people were left on board the Concordia by 1 a.m.

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Oil removal ships near the cruise ship Costa Concordia leaning on its side Monday, after running aground near the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, last Friday night.

A particularly egregious fib is one told by Schetttino to authorities calling him from Porto Santo Stefano. At 12:40 a.m., there is an effort by shore officials to find out how many people were left on board. Schettino said the figure was 200 to 300. The coast guard called again 10 minutes later and Schettino said the figure was lower: "I've called the ship owners, and they tell me that about 40 people are missing." In fact, many hundreds of passengers were still on board.

After the second call, the coast guard, amazed at the rapidity in which the evacuation had proceeded, asked Schettino if he was on board. He replied: "No. I'm not on board because the bows of the ship are coming up. We've abandoned her."

Coast guard: "What do you mean? You've abandoned ship?"

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