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Here is a translation of the transcript of the conversation between Capt. Francesco Schettino, commander of the grounded Costa Concordia, and Capt. Gregorio De Falco of the Italian coast guard in Livorno.

Schettino (in lifeboat): ‘‘In this moment, the boat is tipping . . . . ’’

De Falco: ‘‘I understand that, listen, there are people that are coming down the pilot ladder of the prow. You go up that pilot ladder, get on that ship and tell me how many people are still on board. And what they need. Is that clear? You need to tell me if there are children, women, or people in need of assistance. And tell me the exact number of each of these categories. Is that clear? Listen Schettino, that you saved yourself from the sea, but I am going to . . . . I’m going to make sure you get in trouble . . . . I am going to make you pay for this. Go on board, [expletive]!’’

Schettino: ‘‘Commander, please . . . .’’

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De Falco: ‘‘No, please. You now get up and go on board.’’

De Falco: “What are you doing, commander?’’

Schettino: “I am here to coordinate the rescue . . . . ’

De Falco: “What are you coordinating there? Go on board! Coordinate the rescue from aboard the ship. Are you refusing?’’

Schettino: “No, I am not refusing.’’

De Falco: “Are you refusing to go aboard, commander? Can you tell me the reason why you are not going?’’

Schettino: “I am not going because the other lifeboat is stopped.’’

De Falco: “You go aboard. It is an order. Don’t make any more excuses. You have declared ‘abandon ship.’ Now I am in charge. You go on board! Is that clear? . . . Go, and call me when you are aboard. My air rescue crew is there.’’

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Schettino: “Where are your rescuers?’’

De Falco: “My air rescue is on the prow. Go. There are already bodies, Schettino.’’

Schettino: “How many bodies are there?’’

De Falco: “I don’t know. I have heard of one. You are the one who has to tell me how many there are. Christ.’’

Schettino: “But do you realize it’s dark and we can’t see anything.’’

De Falco: “And so what? You want go home, Schettino? It is dark and you want to go home? Get on that prow of the boat using the pilot ladder and tell me what can be done, how many people there are and what their needs are. Now!’’

Schettino: “I am with my second in command.’’

De Falco: “So both of you go up, then . . .’’

Schettino: “Commander, I want to go on board, but it is simply that the other boat here . . . . There are other rescuers. . . .’’

De Falco: “It has been an hour that you have been telling me the same thing. Go on board! And then tell me immediately how many people there are there.’’