I think, if I were the captain of that cruise ship that sank off the coast of Italy the other day, I'd be coming up with a better response to the question: Why did you flee the ship, save yourself, and leave dozens of passengers in your care to a dreadful fate?
Right now, and until further notice, this is the Costa Concordia's Captain Francesco Schettino's excuse for abandoning ship:
"I didn't even have a lifejacket because I had given it to one of the passengers - I was trying to get them into the lifeboats in an orderly fashion. All of a sudden the boat listed between 60-70 degrees, I got trapped and ended up in one of the lifeboats. That's why I was in there. [source]
He accidentally fell into a lifeboat. And couldn't get out.
Meanwhile, the Italian Coast Guard has retrieved eleven bodies from Schettino's sunken ship, with nearly two dozen people still missing.
My, oh my.
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May God forgive me. I read this story and think ... how Italian.
I know. I know. It's totally unfair ...