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Cruise ship captain made unauthorized detour

By WKTV News

ROME (AP) - The chief executive of the Italian owner of the
cruise ship that capsized off Tuscany says the captain made an
unauthorized, unapproved deviation from the ship's programmed
course.

Costa Crociere chairman and CEO Pier Luigi Foschi said Monday
that the company stood by the captain, Francesco Schettino, and
would provide him with legal assistance. But he told reporters that
the company, which is owned by the world's largest cruiseline,
Carnival Corp., disassociated itself from his behavior.

He says Costa ships have their routes programmed, and alarms go
off when they deviate.

He said: "This route was put in correctly. The fact that it
left from this course is due solely to a maneuver by the commander
that was unapproved, unauthorized and unknown to Costa."

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