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Partial transcript of communications between the Italian Coast Guard and Captain Francesco Schettino, obtained by the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, via Reuters:

  • COAST GUARD: There are people who are coming down the ladder on the bow. Go back in the opposite direction, get back on the ship, and tell me how many people there are and what they have on board. ...Tell me if there are children, women and what type of help they need. And you tell me the number of each of these categories. Is that clear?!
  • COAST GUARD: ...Listen Schettino, perhaps you have saved yourself from the sea but I will make you look very bad. I will make you pay for this. Dammit, go back on board!
  • (Noise can be heard in the background where other Coast Guard officers are shouting to each other in the same room about "the ship, the ship")
  • SCHETTINO: Please ..
  • COAST GUARD: There is no please about it. Go back on board. Assure me you are going back on board!
  • SCHETTINO: I am on a life boat of rescue, I am under here. I am not going anywhere. I am here.
  • COAST GUARD: What are you doing, captain?
  • SCHETTINO: I am here to coordinate the rescue ...
  • COAST GUARD (interrupting): What are you coordinating there! Go on board! Coordinate the rescue from on board! Are you refusing?
  • SCHETTINO: No, I am not refusing.
  • COAST GUARD: Are you refusing to go on board, captain? Tell me the reason why you are not going back on board.
  • SCHETTINO: (inaudible)... there is a another life boat ...
  • COAST GUARD (interrupting again, screaming): You go back on board! That is an order! There is nothing else for you to consider. You have sounded the 'abandon ship'. Now I am giving the orders. Go back on board. Is that clear? Don't you hear me?
  • SCHETTINO: I am going on board.