Moments later, he can be heard yelling “Hard to Port” at the helmsman when it became clear the ship was heading for disaster.
The judge in the preliminary hearing, Valeria Montesarchio, denied the request to subpoena the helmsman.
Shortly before the Concordia crashed, Schettino can be heard on the audiotape telling the helmsman to turn again.
“I made a decision to go off course and I gave those orders to the helmsman,” he told the court.
The helmsman, who did not speak English or Italian fluently, responded, “Hard to Starboard?”
Otto, beside the helmsman, was worrying him—neither with the weather, nor with the question of treasure.
"East by south, five-eighths south," the captain directed the helmsman.
The latter returned the fire from a wall piece, which, besides clearing the quarter-deck, killed the helmsman of the schooner.
This forenoon the Captain told the helmsman to go north about.
The helmsman who had bowed to her was slight and swarthy, with Southern eyes, vivacious manners, and a singularly melodious voice.