Cocaine found on the hair of cruise captain Francesco Schettino, whose ship aground in Italy   | Costa Concordia disaster |

1. The basic subject of this coloumn is that the Captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, may have been under the influence of cocaine during or before the cruise ship "struck the reef" because traces of cocaine were found in Schettino's hair follicles.


The test results showed that there actually weren’t traces of cocaine in his hair or urine and the lawyers were only accusing him of taking the drug.

The ship, carrying more than 4,000 passengers crashed on January 13, 2012 whenever it hit a reef near a tiny Tuscan island and tipped onto its side.

Evacuation of the ship was not issued until over an hour after the ship had hit the reef.

Seventeen people have died.

Fifteen bodies have still not been found.

The captain is 52 years old.Schettino has been charged with manslaughter and leaving his position before all of the vacationers and crew were evacuated by Italian prosecutors.

The damaged vessel is still listing near the port of Giglio while rescue ships are trying to pump 500,000 gallons of fuel from the Costa Concordia’s tanks.

3. The writer does not believe that Schettino had been using cocaine.

4. No, the writer does not state his opinion directly. I do not know his opinion on the matter but the author seems to write more about the lawyers accusations than why they thought he had cocaine in his system.

6. I have learned that the columnist is a great columnist. I do not believe that they should be biased when writing an article and I was pleased to find it difficult to interpret what I thought their opinion was on this matter.

7. This article was written for the type of reader that is seeking general information on a current catastrophe. The author provided sufficient facts and background information and was not biast on his standpoint.

8.Yes. From what I feel the autor believes, his focus on the article makes me think that the prosecutors are stirring the pot and that the captain was not under the influence of cocaine.

2. The author’s purpose in this article was to keep the reader up to date on the Costa Concordia capsizing last month. The Captain, Francesco Schettino, was accused of having cocaine in his hair follicles. However, the test results came back negative. One strategy that I noticed from the author was that they only elaborated on one angle of this issue. He provides both sides to the predicament: either the Captain was on cocaine or he wasn’t, but the writer only expands on the test results saying that he wasn’t. He then goes on to explain how the “lawyers of the survivors are demanding another exam…” By making the people who thought Schettino was under the influence of cocaine seem angry when he appears to have been clean, it makes them look all the more guilty of false accusations that would be better directed towards his cowardly acts that they are truly angry at.