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Port logs supply new details on response to Costa Concordia wreck

January 18, 2012 |  2:24 pm

REPORTING FROM ROME -- Logs kept by Italian port authorities were released Wednesday, providing new details on the sequence of events last Friday night when the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the Tuscan coast.

As of late Wednesday, 11 people were confirmed dead in the accident and more than 20 of the 4,234 people aboard at the time were still missing.

Here are highlights from the logs:

9:45 p.m. -- As the ship maneuvers near Tuscany's Giglio Island it collides with a rocky reef.

10:06 p.m. -- Authorities receive their first alarm about the developing disaster after a passenger calls relatives on shore who notify police.

10:14 p.m. -- The coast guard contacts the ship, but an officer on board reports a blackout that is under control.

10:26 p.m. -- Responding to the coast guard official who is beginning to doubt such reassurances, Capt. Francesco Schettino admits that the ship has been damaged but says all they need is a tugboat.

10:45 p.m. -- Schettino continues to deny major problems.

10:58 p.m. -- The captain is forced by the coast guard to call for evacuation of the ship.

Shortly after midnight -- The coast guard tries to contact the ship's command and no one answers.

12:34 a.m. -- Schettino answers from a lifeboat and tells the coast guard he sees “three or four people in the water.” Shortly after, Schettino is contacted by coast guard Capt. Gregorio De Falco, who in a now widely reported conversation demand -- unsuccessfully -- that the captain return to his vessel and help the remaining passengers to safety.

3:17 a.m. -- Schettino is taken into custody by police.

3:56 a.m. -- Rescue workers call for a helicopter to retrieve 50 people still aboard.

6:15 a.m. -- As dawn arrives, the scope of the tragedy becomes evident.


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Photo: The cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side Wednesday after running aground on a reef near the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio last week. Credit: Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press