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Captain of Italian Cruise Ship Said He Tripped Into Lifeboat Said He Acted Bravely As A Leader To Lead The Way

The captain of the Italian cruise ship gave a slapstick explanation of how he ended up safely in a lifeboat instead of going down with his ship, saying he tripped and fell into the boat as it was being lowered into the sea, Italian media reported today.

“I had no intention of escaping,” Francesco Schettino, 52, said during his first court hearing Tuesday, according to Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper.

“I was helping some passengers put the life boat to sea. At a certain point the mechanism for lowering it, blocked. We had to force it. Suddenly the system unblocked itself and I tripped and I found myself inside the life boat with a number of passengers.”

Once in the lifeboat that was lowered into the sea, Schettino insisted to the court that it was “impossible to go back onboard.”

Cruise ship Captain pulled a George Costanza  jumped ship to lead the way…. to the untrained eye…

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