Costa Concordia captain accepts some blame

July 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM

NEW YORK, July 16 (UPI) -- The captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which capsized Jan. 13, said Monday he is sorry for the accident but not completely to blame.

Francesco Schettino, interviewed on NBC's "Today," said the disaster, which killed 32 people when the ship ran aground on the Italian island of Giglio and overturned, was a chain of human errors and possible mechanical failure.

"I take my responsibility, of course, as a gentleman, as a man, as a captain. I am not blaming nobody. I am clear with my conscience," the Naples-born captain said.

Schettino has been charged in Italy with multiple manslaughter, causing the accident and abandoning ship, but said in the interview that it may have been a compass failure that caused him to steer too close to shore.

"Something inside that compass was wrong," he said. "The rock was marked on the charts but the depth of the water on the charts was more than, in reality, it is."

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