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Tuesday
Jan172012

Full Transcript: Convo Between Cruise Ship Capt., Port Authority Released

Laura Lezza/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) -- Audio recording of the conversation between Capt. Francesco Schettino and Port Authority officials after the doomed Italian luxury cruise liner Costa Condcordia struck rocks Friday was released Tuesday morning.  At least 11 people were killed in the aftermath, according to Italian media, and dozens more are still missing.

The following is a translation of the recording, which was posted on the news website Corriere della Sera:

Captain Schettino: It's Capt. Schettino.

Port Authority: Schettino, listen to me, there are people trapped onboard, now you go back, you will go with your rescue boat under the stern of the ship, there are some steps, you climb those steps and you get onboard and you get back to me letting me know how many people are on board. Is that clear to you? I am actually recording this conversation captain.

[inaudible, captain mumbles]

PA: Speak in a loud voice.

Captain: So, the ship right now [inaudible]...

PA: Speak in a loud voice! Put your hand by the microphone to cover it and speak up! Is that clear?

Voices in the background: "Tell him to come here. Tell him to come here."

Captain: So, right now the ship is tilted…

PA: I understand that. Listen to me, there are people that are getting off using the rope ladder on the stern side, you go back there and you go up that ladder the opposite way, you go onboard the ship and you tell me how many people [are there] And what they need. You tell me if there are children, women or people that need assistance and you give me a number for each one of these categories is that clear? Look Schettino, you may have saved yourself from the sea but will put you through a lot of trouble it will be very bad for you! Get back on board for [expletive]'s sake!!!

Captain: Officer, please.

PA: There are no "pleases"! Get back on board! Please assure me that you are going back on board.

Captain: I am here on the rescue boat. I'm right here, I didn't go anywhere else, I'm here.

PA: What are you doing captain?

Captain: I'm here to coordinate rescue operations.

PA: What are you coordinating? Get back on board and coordinate rescue operations from onboard the ship.

[silence, sound cuts out]

PA: Do you refuse to do that?

Captain: No, I'm not refusing to do that.

PA: Are you refusing to back on board?

Captain: No, I am not refusing to go back. I am not going because the other rescue boat stopped.

PA: Get back on board! This is an order! You don't need to make any other assessment. You have declared that you have abandoned ship, therefore I'm in command. Get back on board right now is that clear?

Captain: Officer…

PA: Can you not hear me?

Captain: I'm getting back on board.

PA: Then go! And call me right away when you are on board. There's my rescuer there.

Captain: Where is your rescuer?

PA: My rescuer is on the stern side, go! There are already bodies, Schettino! Go!

Captain: Officer how many bodies are there?

PA: I don't know. I know about one…I've heard about one, but you must tell me! [expletive]!

Captain: Do you realize it's dark out here and we can't see anything?

PA: What do you want to do? Do you want to go home? It's dark, so you want to go home? Get on the stern of that ship climb the ladder and tell me what can be done, how many people are there and what they need. Right now!

Captain: I'm here with my second officer.

[Schettino identifies second officer.]

PA: You and your second officer must get back on board right now is that clear?

Captain: I just wanted to tell you that the other rescue boat here with other rescuers stopped. It's just stopped. Now I've called the other rescuers.

PA: You've been telling me the same thing for an hour now get back on board! On board! And you get back to me right away telling me how many people are there.

Captain: It's fine officer, I'm going.

PA: Then go, right now!

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Apr182011

Prince Harry Promoted to Captain in Air Corps

JSN Photography/WireImage(LONDON) -- Amid the frenzy of preparations for the upcoming royal wedding, the U.K.'s younger prince had a moment of glory of his own this weekend when it was announced he has been promoted to captain in the Air Corps.

According the St. James's Palace, Harry, who is third in line to the throne, will now be known as Capt. Harry Wales.  The 26-year-old was formerly a lieutenant and trainee Apache helicopter pilot.

The prince also received his Apache badge on Thursday, which marks the completion of an eight-month course that includes night flying and ground school training.

This puts him one step closer to becoming an Army Air Corps pilot, as now he is able to fly the aircraft without an instructor and has progressed to a further weapons handling course.

Harry became an army officer in April 2006, after a 44-week training course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, southwest of London, where he was known as Officer Cadet Wales.

By the time he reached the rank of lieutenant in 2008, he had served for 10 weeks in Afghanistan as an air controller.

The prince is the first member of the British royal family to serve in a war zone since his uncle, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, flew helicopters during the Falklands War in 1982.

In addition to his new military rank, Harry's other major responsibility will be taking on best man duties at his brother Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton in London on April 29.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Sep232010

Tensions Between China and Japan Escalate Over Fishing Boat Captain

Image Courtesy: ABC News(BEIJING) -- Tensions continue to escalate between China and Japan over Japan's detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain.  As previously reported, the boating collision on Sept. 7 has already marred the relationship between both countries.

On Thursday, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao issued a stern warning, stating, "If Japan clings to its course, China will take further action.  Tokyo bears all responsibility for the situation and it will bear all consequences."  Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Yoshito Songoku, appealed for a calm dialogue. "We hope Japan and China will hold high-level talks as soon as possible to ease the diplomatic row," he told a press conference.

But there are now concerns that China is escalating the war of words, taking aim at Japan's economy. According to a report in the New York Times Thursday, China is halting shipments of rare-earth minerals to Japan. These vital minerals are used by Japan in high-tech products like hybrid cars and wind turbines.  China has denied any official trade embargo, but the mere hint of a halt in exports is likely to raise fears in Japan.

One Chinese company already announced it would a cancel a long-prepared trip of some 10,000 staff members to Japan in October in order "to stand on national dignity." The cancellation was expected to bring a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Tourism between the two countries has also been affected, and in China millions have taken to the Internet calling for a boycott of Japanese goods.

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