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Wednesday
Jan182012

Who's Cashing In on the Cruise Ship Disaster?

Laura Lezza/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) -- For many Italians, one phrase uttered in exasperation captured everything that went wrong and what little that went right when the Costa Concordia luxury liner keeled over off the Italian coast. As the ship’s captain Francesco Schettino sat safely in a lifeboat and reportedly balked at orders to return to his ship, another captain on shore erupted in angry frustration.

“Get back on board for —’s sake!” yelled Coast Guard Captain Gregorio DeFalco in Italian.

That quote -- “Vada a bordo, cazzo” in Italian -- is now emblazoned on T-shirts, turned into a Twitter hashtag, and made into numerous Facebook groups, the largest of which has over 21,000 likes and features altered pictures in which Schettino is made to look like a pirate. The group also features photos of Schettino fleeing the wreckage in various vehicles ranging from kayak to a Jet Ski.

Schettino remains under house arrest as a court investigates accusations that he abandoned his ship and was responsible for manslaughter.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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