The captain of the stricken Costa Concordia ship has admitted to making a navigation mistake when he ran aground off the coast of Tuscany last Friday.
Captain Francesco Schettino said during a three hour hearing on Tuesday “I made a mistake on the approach.”
He also added that he has done the same manouvre before, but that this time he became a victim of his insincts and misjudged the depths of the water.
The cruise ship that was carrying 4,200 people, crashed into rocks which ripped a hole into the side of ship when it became grounded off the island of Giglio.
Schettino also claimed that he found himself in a lifeboat by accident when he fell out of the ship, which is why he said he had been unable to assist with the evacuation, according to reports.