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Captain of wrecked cruise ship denies showing off for dancer
Captain of wrecked cruise ship denies showing off for dancer

The former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship told an Italian court on Tuesday that he was trying to impress colleagues and passengers when he accidentally steered the vessel into rocks on the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012. But Francesco Schettino denied he was showing off to a Moldovan dancer whom he had invited onto the bridge to watch as he tried a “salute” to the island by sailing within yards of its rocky reef. The dancer, Domnica Cemortan, 27, who worked on board the ship, has previously said she was having an affair with the married captain. After rocks tore a huge rent in the Costa Concordia, the ship flooded, lost power and grounded in shallow...

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