Schettino reportedly lied to investigators in Porto Santo Stefano about what happened when the 4,200-passenger Costa Concordia struck rocks in shallow water off Italy's western coast, saying that he and his crew were the last to leave the ship. Interestingly, no may-day message was transmitted to nearby ships and vessels. An estimated 43 to 51 people remain missing from the ship.
COMMENT: What is known is that two French tourists and a crew member from Peru were killed. One of the victims was a 65-year-old woman who died of a heart attack, according to authorities.
The ship was 2.5 miles off course when it struck a rocky sandbar, according to the Italian Coast Guard, which has initiated an investigation into the "accident."
Most of the passengers on board were Italian, as well as some French, German, Brazilians, Americans, and Peruvians.
Another Costa ship was involved in a deadly 2010 accident when the "Costa Europa" crashed into a pier in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh during stormy weather, killing three crew members.