Costa Concordia Captain Makes Bold Wish

Controversial cruise captain back in spotlight following Carnival Triumph nightmare.
3:04 | 02/16/13

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New developments tonight from the port of mobile, alabama, investigators are now looking at the disabled engine. The cruise ship losing all power. As the inspection goes on, the cruise line has been slapped with the first lawsuit from the passenger. A nightmare on another ship know all too well, the costa concordia still lying on its side off a small island in italy. Tonight, the captain of that ship back in the news. Abc's dan harris is just back from italy tonight. Reporter: It was one of the largest, costliest and arguably most infamous crew ships disasters from the "titanic." The costa concordia, the 15-story luxury liner which ran aground off the coast of italy. Killing 32 people. An hour into our voyage, it came looming into sight. That's extraordinary. More than a year after the costa concordia went drown, here it is, surrounded by cranes and other vessels. It will be used to rotate upright. A far cry from the ship's heyday. For captain, a made for tv villain, frances schettino. By the captain got ad to issue abandon ship warning, people were pushing one another to get on the lifeboats and others jumping to their death. Meantime, he was long gone. He later said that he tripped and fell into a lifeboat. A coast guard official was recorded screaming at the captain to go back and help. He said, get back on board. One of the major, ongoing frustrations for the survivors, lawsuits against carnival cruise lines, which owns the costa concordia, are unlikely to go far. Maritime law aren't generous to im victi victims. Lyn collected just over $9,000. It definitely doesn't cover the stress in going to a psychiatrist and things like that. We're still living with it. Reporter: So, what has become of the man that's allegedly to blame for this accident? Since the crash, he's been publicly defending his actions. And here's the kicker, he's now suing the cruise company to get his job back. I don't understand how someone that has done what he has done, could even consider him working for the industry ever again. "Gma" weekend anchor dan harris with us back from italy. Dan you were pointing out that this captain is on the eve of learning his own fate. Captain schettino will be learning of his fate. Causing a wreck and abandoning ship. The man they call chicken of the sea, he could be looking at life in prison.

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