Costa Concordia: did cowardice and panic lead to the death of five-year-old Dayana Arlotti?
WHEN the Costa Concordia cruise liner sank off the coast of Italy, the face of the disaster was Captain Francesco Schettino. Well, now the disaster has a news face: five-year-old Dayana Arlotti. She died along with her father William on January 13, 2011. They drowned looking for lifeboat. The prosecution want Schettino tried for manslaughter. Their report alleges:
“Not having found space in the lifeboats on the port side of Deck No.4, she was directed by members of the crew to the starboard side of the same deck and, while she was crossing the inside corridor near the stern lifts and the Milan Restaurant, she fell into a hole created when the ship rolled onto its starboard side. She fell into a flooded area of the same deck and died of asphyxiation from drowning.”
In other words, the child was turned away. The lifeboats were full. They had no room for a five-year-old child.
We are told about Maria D’Introno:
“The increasing flooding forced her to jump into the sea wearing a life-jacket, but she did not know how to swim and died.”
Who tied her jacket? Who made sure it was so secure it did not require any swimming ability?
The prosecution paints a grim picture of panic, ineptitude and cowardice.
But is it true?
A judge will soon decide whether Mr Schettino and the other officers accuse will face trial.