Reference for Crash Time from AIS Recordings
Harbor Master's Log
22.06 Carabinieri (police) at Prato contact the Harbour Master’s office. A woman has called to say her mother is on the Concordia and the dining room ceiling has fallen on her and the crew have ordered passengers to don life jackets.
22.14 Harbour Master contacts the Concordia asking if it is having problems. An officer replies that it’s only a blackout which has been going on for 20 minutes and which they will fix shortly. Harbour Master asks about passengers donning life jackets, but the officer insists it’s only a power cut.
22.16 Guardia di Finanza (finance police) patrol boat G104 is close to the island of Giglio and asks if it should check the Concordia.
22.17 Harbour Master informs superiors it suspects there is more wrong with the Concordia than the ship’s officer is letting on.
22.26 Harbour Master contacts ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino. He says the ship is taking on water through an opening on his left side and the ship is listing. He says there are no dead or injured. Harbour Master asks if he needs help. The captain requests a tug boat.
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22.34 Harbour Master contacts the Concordia, which sends a “distress” message. They are now evacuating the 3,208 passengers and 1,023 crew members.
22.39 Guardia di Finanza patrol boat reports the ship leaning heavily to one side.
22.44 Guardia di Finanza reports the Concordia is grounded.
22.45 Schettino denies this, saying it is floating and he will try to bring her around.
22.48 Harbour Master asks the Concordia to consider abandoning ship. Answer: 'we are considering it’.
22.58 Schettino tells Harbour Master he has given order to abandon ship.
23.23 Concordia reports it has a large tear on right side.
23.37 Captain Schettino says 300 people on board.
00.10 Local authorities say there is not enough room for all evacuees on Giglio and will begin transfer to mainland.
00.12 Guardia di Finanza report lifeboats can’t be launched on left.
00.34 Schettino says he is in a lifeboat and can see three people in the water.
00.36 Guardia di Finanza can still see 70 to 80 people on board including children and the elderly.
00.38 Rescue helicopter sees many people on board and some in the water.
00.42 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.
01.04 Helicopter lowers an air force officer on board who reports 100 people still to be evacuated.
01.45 Officer confirms rope ladder strung across the hull is safe to use.
01.46 De Falco orders Schettino back on board using rope ladder.
02.29 Three people reported hanging from the prow of the ship.
02.53 Guardia di Finanza boards ship using rope ladder and that Schettino had been seen heading towards port in a lifeboat.
03.05 'Isola Del Giglio’ ferry has taken a further 300 people on top of another 300 already evacuated and will now return to Porto Santo Stefano with five injured and three dead.
03.17 Carabinieri identify Schettino on quay without detaining him.
03.44 Air force officer on board reports 40 to 50 people left to evacuate.
04.22 The number falls to 30.
04.46 Evacuation complete.