Previously unseen footage inside the Costa Concordia cruise ship released on Italian TV shows crew reactions to the ship's imminent sinking. In the video, Captain Francesco Schettino is briefly highlighted about halfway in. The new footage was originally aired on the Italian TV station TG5, and the captain can be seen talking on the telephone during the portion in which he is highlighted.
The captain remains under house arrest following the deaths of at least 17 people aboard the sunken cruise ship, while he claims the cruise liner's parent company "ordered a salute" to the island of Giglio as the massive ship passed. Captain Schettino has fallen under sharp criticism for his actions prior to and during the ship sinking, as he is alleged to have abandoned the ship before all the passengers were off, and his recorded arguments with the Italian Coast Guard set off further outrage. Schettino's mysterious relationship with a blonde dancer, Domnica Cemortan, has drawn even more questions about how the captain acted as the leader of the vessel.
Rough seas have recently hindered efforts to remove fuel from Costa Concordia, and a fuel leak could lead to an additional environmental disaster. Experts say if the the rough waters continue to jar the crippled ship, it could fall into a deeper seabed, which would further complicate pumping out fuel and the ship's removal.