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Concordia captain asked to give seminar on safety


ROME (AP) -- A Rome university professor is facing a disciplinary hearing after inviting the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner to lecture students on emergency procedures.

The dean of Rome's Sapienza University, Luigi Frati, voiced anger Wednesday at the professor's decision to invite Capt. Francesco Schettino to give a seminar, calling it an "inappropriate and unworthy choice." Frati said he was turning the matter over to an ethics committee.

The university dismissed the "pathetic excuses" offered by the professor, Vincenzo Mastronardi, when confronted by the dean.

Schettino is being tried for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship over the January 2012 capsize of the Concordia, in which 32 people died.

Italy's education minister called the news "disconcerting," while the prosecutor in Tuscany who is arguing for Schettino's guilt expressed indignation also at reports that Schettino had been awarded a diploma.

The Florence daily La Nazione reported that Schettino gave a nearly two-hour lecture to criminal science masters candidates last month, including reference to panic management. Passengers have described a chaotic evacuation of the Concordia.

Schettino, through his lawyer, defended the seminar, saying it was "a technical intervention on the basis of my knowledge and professionalism acquired over many years of service."

His lawyer, Cataldo Calabretta, criticized "an unacceptable attempt to discredit Schettino, who has been subjected for a long time already to unmerited media attacks."

The Concordia was towed from its Tuscan graveyard last month to Genoa's port where it will be turned into scrap. During a search of the ship Wednesday, authorities found some bone fragments that they said could belong to the one person still unaccounted for from the tragedy: Indian waiter Russel Rebello. They said the bones could also belong to an Italian passenger whose partial, mutilated remains were found some months ago.

2012 Capsize of the Concordia

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baxmedcomm August 06 2014 at 3:29 PM

Once again, the link from the headline on AOL led to the wrong story. It was supposed to be about "grissly" findings aboard the wreck. Does anyone ever keep an eye on these things?

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markschupp August 06 2014 at 3:01 PM

It is Like Obama, giving a speech on bringing the country and congress together.

The most divisive POS ever!

They both should hang for high crimes and murder!

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Pat August 06 2014 at 3:41 PM

betcha that professor is equivalent to the LIBERAL idiots who brainwash our innocent minds in colleges and universities throughout the USA !!!

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longfordarms August 06 2014 at 2:57 PM

The Captain should be in a cell. End of story.

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flyingfortresb17 August 06 2014 at 2:52 PM

Th only thing the former Captain should be doing is 20 years in jail.

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davedoe12 flyingfortresb17 August 06 2014 at 6:27 PM

flying, they should drown the captain. That is the least they should do to him.

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catbell7 flyingfortresb17 August 07 2014 at 7:25 AM

30 years for what 37 murders?? small amount to pay for 37 murders

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duey35 August 06 2014 at 3:35 PM

Headline should have said Liberal professor makes a bad choise and acted stupidly, yet still teaches your students.

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Steve-a-rino August 06 2014 at 3:22 PM

Typical of today's hypocrisy, like blacks demanding "justice" only when a black person is killed but NOT when blacks kill someone else; like Republicans ranting about Clinton's indiscretions while they themselves has mistresses; like Gov. Christie being everywhere but New Jersey for fundraisers; like moms pretending to be perfect while leaving their kids in hot cars, drowning them in a bathtub or ignoring their dead bodies in the attic. It's all crazy, so let's just enjoy it!

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jpjgamas August 06 2014 at 3:48 PM

The Captain is a murderer he killed 32 people. The Italians are strange people. They elected Busconi who made a mockery of his position. They condemned an American for murder without any evidence. Now they allow the captain who abandoned his vessel to give a seminar on safety. What strange people!

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avl14 August 06 2014 at 3:17 PM

I would like to hear what he has to say given he sunk modern advanced 100,000 ton+ ship, yah I would really like to hear that story........

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walt.hafer avl14 August 06 2014 at 9:41 PM

I would really like to be a fly on the wall of the insurance company.

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donahuepapad123 avl14 August 06 2014 at 9:51 PM

IN CONCLOUSION , if an emergancy happens you should get off the boat as soon as possible , stepping on the fallen and kicking others off of a rope or ladder is acceptable , if you can make a weapon like a spear , this will help when taking control of any life boats still available ? once you have possession of the boat , move away from the sinking vessel and knock off anyone trying to get on , they could sink you ? and might be whitnesses ?? that concludes my survival training .......sincerly as i can be , CAPT , DIRTBAG .

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alandsm2007 donahuepapad123 August 07 2014 at 5:14 PM

lol well put

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avl14 August 07 2014 at 2:36 PM

The $500 autopilot on my 40ft boat will go around another boats or rigs and sound an alarm for land or water depth changes from chart or depth sonar. How/Why would a $600 million ship not have some kind of idiot light, buzzer, somethang, and not just steam into a rock at 20kts.

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