Posted January 30th, 2012, 09:48 AM
According to the harbour master's report:
0253 - Captain is seen heading to shore
0317 - Captain is identified on shore
0446 - evacuation complete
Sorry, OP! I'm not sure you can have a news link only thread without people wanting clarification.
Based on the earlier entries in Harbor Master log and the recorded conversations with the Coast Guard commander, it is clear that Captain Coward was off the ship far earlier than 2:53.
Schettino says he is in a lifeboat and can see three people in the water.
Schettino and all his officers are in a lifeboat. Captain De Falco [in charge of Harbour Master’s office] orders them to get back on board to coordinate evacuation.
Officer confirms rope ladder strung across the hull is safe to use.
De Falco orders Schettino back on board using rope ladder.
Three people reported hanging from the prow of the ship.
Guardia di Finanza boards ship using rope ladder and that Schettino had been seen heading towards port in a lifeboat.
I believe at the times Schettino claims he was in the lifeboat he was already standing on the rocks on shore. I am pretty sure that it will be proved when he is tried that the captain left the ship between 10:55pm to 11:50pm and was standing on shore by 12:05am. This is affirmed by statements made in the indictment documents.