Tonight, evidence that the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Italy abandoned the ship. Below are several portions of recordings between authorities and the captain published by the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and translated by CNN's Hada Messia. Tune in to AC360 at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for more from the recordings and insight into what happened immediately following the incident. Also, an update on the risky mission to find the missing passengers.
De Falco: "I’m giving you an order captain. You need to send someone on board."
Schettino: "We are going on board to coordinate."
De Falco: "Exactly. You need to get on board to coordinate the evacuation. Is that clear?!"
Schettino: "But we can’t get on board now…the ship is now…(hard to understand)..."
De Falco: "Why did you tell them to get down?"
Schettino: "What do you mean get down? We abandoned the ship…the ship turned ..."
De Falco: "...and with one hundred people on board you abandon the ship? (expletive)"
Schettino: "I did not abandon any ship with 100 people…the ship (hard to understand)...we were catapulted into the water..."
De Falco: We’ll see later what happened. OK? Now tell me everything that takes place. Everything. Get under with the lifeboat (not very clear at this point). Don’t move. Clear?"
Schettino: "Commandant..we are here…we are here..."
Port authority: "You must return on board. Climb the ladder (rope ladder), return to the fore (stem) and coordinate the work."
Schettino does not reply
Port authority: "You must tell us how many people are on board, how many women, how many children. You have to coordinate the rescue operation. Commander, this is an order. Now I’m in charge, you have abandoned ship and now you are going to go to the stem and coordinate the work. There are already dead bodies."
Schettino: "How many?"
Port authority: "You should be the one telling me this…What do you want to do? Do you want to go home?...Now go back on the stem and tell me what to do.."
Italian Coast Guard Capt. Gregorio De Falco: "Listen, this is De Falco from Livorno. Am I speaking with the captain?"
Italian Coast Guard Capt. Gregorio De Falco: "Tell me your name."
Schettino: "This is Captain Schettino, commandant."
De Falco: "Listen Schettino, there are people trapped on board. Now, you have to go with your lifeboat and go under the boat stem on the straight side, there is a ladder there."
De Falco: "Get on board on the ship and tell me, you tell me how many people there are."
De Falco: "Clear? I’m recording this conversation, Captain Schettino."
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