From gCaptain’s text >>> http://gcaptain.com/costa-concordia-captain-heads-prison-italy-upholds-conviction/
“His lawyer said he might appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. “I think there have been serious abuses here,” Senese said. “I never give up.” and
“Schettino’s defense team contended that he prevented an even worse disaster by steering the ship close to the island as it sank.”
The ship was dead in the water, drifting without propulsion or rudder. If not, Schettino would certainly have tried to beach the ship at the sandy coast of Italy, 15 NM away… and then capsized in the channel with depths of >100 meters and an enormous death toll.
Only the Lord’s meteorological department blew the ship almost into the small Giglio port.
“The massive, rusting hulk of the Costa Concordia was left abandoned on its side for two-and-a-half years before it was towed away in the most expensive maritime wreck recovery in history”
For more than a billion $, during 2 years, they built an artificial, horizontal bottom on the steep and rocky slope of Giglio island to upright the wreck. Then they built a ‘ship around the dead ship’ to refloat the wreck and to tow it away.