Francesco Schettino, 52, the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground in Italian waters this week and sank, gave a slapstick account this week of how he ended up safely in a lifeboat instead of going down with his ship. His excuse? Schettino says he tripped and fell into the boat as it was being lowered into the sea and could not climb back out.
Top Five Excuses for Abandoning Your Cruise Ship
#5. You thought it was part of the new "Tilt the Board Over to Make It Easier to Get Off" service.
#4. Was trying to catch a foul ball for his kid during the crew softball game and fell over the railing.
#3. Hey, somebody has to inspect the bottom of the boat at least once and a while, right?
#2. Thought they were auditioning actors for the movie "Titanic II."
#1. Captains going down with the ship is so old fashioned.
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