The former first mate onboard Costa Concordia has said Captain Francesco Schettino was “lost” and “under shock” when the ship struck the coast of Italy.
First deck officer Giovanni Iaccarino told Italian courts that he knew what would happen to the ship 10 minutes after it hit the Giglio reef, but thinks Schettino was too shocked to listen to reports that there was flooding and no propulsion.
Schettino issued an evacuation order after about an hour after it hit the shore, which was too late for many lifeboats to be deployed.
According to Associated Press, Iaccarino told the court: “He was completely lost. He was out of his routine mental state. He was under shock. He wasn’t the person I knew.”
Iaccarino is the first of more than 1,00 witnesses due to stand in the trial, with the first mate also telling the court that ship charts are accurate despite Schettino lawyers’ claim that they are not.
Schettino has also blamed an Indonesian helmsman for the incident and says he has been used as a scapegoat.
The captain could face up to 20 years in prison for the incident, which claimed the lives of 32 people.
One of two previously undiscovered bodies was found earlier this week as divers look around the recently parbuckled ship.
The remains were found on the submerged third deck and are thought to be Indian waiter Russel Rebello, according to a CruiseCritic report.
The trial continues.