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Carnival Ship Captain Under House Arrest as Death Toll Rises

The captain of a Carnival Corp. ship that ran aground off Italy was placed under house arrest hours after audio emerged of a Coast Guard official ordering him to return to his damaged ship and oversee rescue efforts.

Captain Francesco Schettino, who may face criminal charges including manslaughter, was put under house arrest late yesterday by a judge in Grosseto, Italy, his lawyer, Bruno Leporatti, told reporters in remarks broadcast on Sky TG24 television. The ruling came hours after divers discovered five more bodies on the stricken ship, bringing the death toll to 11. Twenty-eight people are missing, according to Italy’s Civil Protection agency.