[QUOTE=Bob;1847252]Italian maritime law (apparently) states the captain is last off his vessel.
Many ships use handheld radios to communicate between crew members - even they work when the electric is off.
Defend him all you want - he caused the disaster by his poor seamanship.
Bob I agree with your comments.Hand held comms are issued, and in fact I still have a couple of Icoms myself, I would never go to Sea without them, also my fixed radio on chanel 16, just in case. Believe me, the Coastguards would have known exactly what was going on, they have Satellite info plus radar, and I would be very surprised if the Captain was not warned pre accident, by the Coastguards, that he was too close to the shore,They would also have known by the same method that he was sailing too close to the rocks, one can only presume the Charts were old and no updates had been done, close inshore, as well as rocks, there may well have been sandbars to evade.
A monumental cockup by any standards, and one which should never have happened.
There is no such thing as a problem, just a solution!!