Capt Schettino is also claiming back pay for being forced out of his job

The captain of the cruise ship, Costa
Concordia, the vessel that hit rocks and sank off Giglio Island in Italy, is asking for his job

Francesco Schettino is also attempting to claim back pay
since Costa Cruises, the owner of the ship, dismissed the skipper after the

Despite the fact that 32 people lost their lives when the
ship sank on 13 Jan 2012, Schettino claims that his actions saved lives by
steering the ship into shallow waters.

He is expected to arrive at court in Grosseto, Italy, on
Monday next week, where he could be charged with abandoning ship, contravening
the laws of the sea and multiple counts of manslaughter.

On the charge of abandoning ship, it is reported that he claimed to have accidentally tripped
into a lifeboat, although the evidence provided by the now infamous
conversation between a Coast Guard officer and the skipper, where Schettino
refuses to go back on board his ship, is stacked against this claim.