From the Telegraph:
"I tripped and I ended up in one of the boats. That’s how I found myself there.”
He said he got stuck in the lifeboat for an hour before it was lowered into the water off the coast of Giglio island.
Also with him was Dimitri Christidis, the Greek second in command of the Concordia and Silvia Coronica, the third officer, according to La Repubblica newspaper.
It seems like all three tripped!
It reads like a script from a spoof disaster movie with Leslie Neilson playing Cpt Schettino.