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Cruise company: Captain made 'errors in judgment'

A cruise company says a ship captain made errors in a crash that killed five people.

The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side after running aground the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. A luxury cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Tuscany, sending water pouring in through a 160-foot (50-meter) gash in the hull and forcing the evacuation of some 4,200 people from the listing vessel early Saturday, the Italian coast guard said. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

An Italian cruise company says it appears the captain of the ship that ran aground made "errors in judgment" in going too close to the coast and apparently not following evacuation procedures.

Italian media carried a statement from Genoa, Italy-based Costa Crociere. Company spokesmen could not immediately be reached for comment, but a Costa employee confirmed that the statement had been issued.

The statement said Costa expressed its deepest sorrow for the terrible accident. The Costa Concordia ran into reef near the Tuscan island of Giglio Friday night. At least five people were killed and about 15 people of the 4,200 aboard remain unaccounted for.

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