The true Professional Italian Coast Guard Commander, Capt. Gregorio De Falco
There is one Italian whom looks good is Italian Coast Guard Commander, Capt. Gregorio De Falco; whom would not take no (I/we don't want to go back on my/our sinking ship) for an answer. I admire Commander De Falco, I do believe him when he told the Captain that he would hold him accountable!! Commander De Falco, seems to be a true Naval man with both honesty and direction to duty. Perhaps his outstanding actions, will gain him a promotion to Admiral. Here is a basic summery of their talk below:
De Falco: "This is De Falco speaking from Livorno. Am I speaking with the commander?"
Schettino: "Yes. Good evening, Cmdr. De Falco."
De Falco: "Please tell me your name."
Schettino: "I'm Cmdr. Schettino, commander."
De Falco: "Schettino? Listen Schettino. There are people trapped on board. Now you go with your boat under the prow on the starboard side. There is a pilot ladder. You will climb that ladder and go on board. You go on board and then you will tell me how many people there are. Is that clear? I'm recording this conversation, Cmdr. Schettino…"
Schettino: "Commander, let me tell you one thing…"
De Falco: "Speak up! Put your hand in front of the microphone and speak more loudly, is that clear?"
Schettino: "In this moment, the boat is tipping…"
De Falco: "I understand that, listen, there are people that are coming down the pilot ladder of the prow. You go up that pilot ladder, get on that ship and tell me how many people are still on board. And what they need. Is that clear? You need to tell me if there are children, women or people in need of assistance. And tell me the exact number of each of these categories. Is that clear? Listen Schettino, that you saved yourself from the sea, but I am going to… I'm going to make sure you get in trouble. …I am going to make you pay for this. Go on board, (expletive)!"
Schettino: "Commander, please…"
De Falco: "No, please. You now get up and go on board. They are telling me that on board there are still…"
Schettino: "I am here with the rescue boats, I am here, I am not going anywhere, I am here…"
De Falco: "What are you doing, commander?"
Schettino: "I am here to coordinate the rescue…"
De Falco: "What are you coordinating there? Go on board! Coordinate the rescue from aboard the ship. Are you refusing?"
Schettino: "No, I am not refusing."
De Falco: "Are you refusing to go aboard commander? Can you tell me the reason why you are not going?"
Schettino: "I am not going because the other lifeboat is stopped."
De Falco: "You go aboard. It is an order. Don't make any more excuses. You have declared 'abandon ship.' Now I am in charge. You go on board! Is that clear? Do you hear me? Go, and call me when you are aboard. My air rescue crew is there."
Schettino: "Where are your rescuers?"
De Falco: "My air rescue is on the prow. Go. There are already bodies, Schettino."
Schettino: "How many bodies are there?"
De Falco: "I don't know. I have heard of one. You are the one who has to tell me how many there are. Christ."
Schettino: "But do you realize it is dark and here we can't see anything…"
De Falco: "And so what? You want to go home, Schettino? It is dark and you want to go home? Get on that prow of the boat using the pilot ladder and tell me what can be done, how many people there are and what their needs are. Now!"
Schettino: "…I am with my second in command."
De Falco: "So both of you go up then … You and your second go on board now. Is that clear?"
Schettino: "Commander, I want to go on board, but it is simply that the other boat here … there are other rescuers. It has stopped and is waiting…"
De Falco: "It has been an hour that you have been telling me the same thing. Now, go on board. Go on board! And then tell me immediately how many people there are there."
Schettino: "OK, commander"
De Falco: "Go, immediately!" :mad::evil:
Good for him. Too bad this jackass didn't listen.
Yes, he is becoming somewhat of a hero in this mess.
There were a lot of crew who went well above and beyond duty, but also many crew who did not. Bless those that did.
Capt. Gregorio De Falco is NOT the Hero !!!
he could be one if he called just after the crazy captain changed his route.
I think he should go to jail with Costa captain together.
Maybe he did & maybe that was why he was so cross??
For sure it was his first call .
And his reaction is clear, simply but not really OK.
Gregorio De Falco
Could do a lot of things – he could take a boat and find the
Costa capitan .
or even to go alone on bord
Paul, a couple of key questions for you
How is this possible, the Captain and his two other top officers were on land and in taxis on the way to their own respective hotels. For the Record, I consider De Falco, to be a hero for his outstanding actions, thus I highly disagree with you on this.
I have a few observations and questions to you, based on what I have seen Online:
Why, was the Captain seen by the Taxi driver (whom took him to his hotel and to a store to buy dry sox) wearing civilian clothing and not his Costa Uniform?
Why did the top three ships top navigation executive officers all end up falling into the same boat?
Why did these offers refuse to return to the ship when ordered to by, Commander, De Falco?
It has been reported that a pregnant woman was refused a lifeboat by the captain, just before he and his senior officers made their departure, is this true?
>>For the Record, I consider De Falco, to be a hero for his outstanding actions
he was sitting on his computer as Costa ship was 100 m from his iland.
and maybe 4-5 times . what has he done ?
OK he call the crazy capitan , but it is not really enought for me to be a hero.
I like what he told to capitan,
Result was ZERO!
Crazy capitan took a taxi.
As did his top two other officers, one Italian & one Greek. One crazy man (whom looks like a TV show Capt.) I can understand, but three top officers? What else could Commander Falco do when these three men refused his direct orders?
capitan get 16000 Euro a month
"lower" stuff maybe 400 -500 + tipps
as for Falco - he did his job , but he get no risk,
so I think he is not a hero
small fillipinos who save passanges
are really heroes - I would never try to save west tourist for 400 - 500 euro
for that money I would save only myself - I am not a hero
A Hyperbolic Tale of Two Captains, One a Hero, the Other a Villain
A Hyperbolic Tale of Two Captains, One a Hero, the Other a Villain
Italy Finds a Heroic Foil for Its Scorned Captain
Much of Italy finds Falco to be a National Hero
This below is from the New York Times:
From the New York Times:
"Though knowledge of the personalities of the two men is perfunctory at best, the Italian news media easily tagged them as distinctive Italian stereotypes: Captain Schettino as the flashy daredevil and rule-breaker; Captain De Falco as the upholder of duty and respectability, who is often overlooked in a nation easily taken in by more boisterous — and usually sneaky — behavior. "
Sure Italian Nation get a big culture blow –
sure they need some hero.
So even somebody who make a telephone call and his job is a hero for them.
It is funny but clear.
I have read that their is now an idea that Captains should have less power and that the ships top officers should act more as a team. This is odd, given the fact that all these officers were on the same lifeboat as the dear Captain; anyone of them could (should) have stayed aboard the vessel to manager the passengers and crew.
I think the true Concordia heros will probably never come to the limelight, and among the 1000 crew on board, there were certainly many of them.
De Falco would be the typical "action movie" hero for taking on the "villan", as per the transcript posted by gkbii, but I think the true hero that you're likely to hear about would be Captain Roberto Bosio, who co-ordinated the rescue attempt, and undoubtedly saved many lives, and very possibly including my own.
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