Traces of cocaine found on hair of Costa Concordia captain

Traces of cocaine found on hair of Costa Concordia captainPA

Traces of cocaine have been found on a hair sample from Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia.

However the Mail on Sunday reports that the traces of the drug were found on his hair rather than in the hair itself or in his urine - indicating that he hadn't consumed it.

Stefano Zerbi, who is representing some of the survivors, said that the results were "very strange" and said that he believed that the samples "more than anything else, had been badly preserved and contamination might have resulted."

However the Mail reports that other experts have suggested that Schettino may have been around the drug, even if he didn't consume any of it.

The Mirror reports that the captain of the cruise liner has tested negative for drug and alcohol abuse, however consumers' association Codacons, which has presented a class action suit against the ships owners, has said that the tests were unreliable because they failed to show signs of the tranquillisers that Schettino admitted he was taking before the accident.

Schettino's lawyer, Bruno Leporatti, criticised Codacons for commenting on the tests, but said that the results were indisputable.

He told the Mirror: "The results of the test were negative, both regarding drug abuse and alcohol abuse."

When asked about the traces of cocaine, the scientist in charge of the tests, Marcello Chiarotti, told Italian news agency ANSA that there had been "a marginal problem which did not remotely undermine the results of the analysis."

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Traces of cocaine found on hair of Costa Concordia captain

While holidays to Turkey still represent great value for money for Brits,'s price comparison found that flights to Dalaman have increased by 25 per cent since last year, with the average flight now costing around £264.

It's one of the world's most vibrant holiday destinations, and this is the year to book a flight! The average air fare for 2012 is £586. Last year, prices were around £709 - so they were 17 per cent more expensive. Don't miss our guide to Rio de Janeiro.

Despite the fact that overall holiday prices to Greece have been falling due to the recent unrest, the average price of a flight to Kos is up by a whopping 47 per cent. This year, you'll pay around £236 for a return flight. Average prices for 2011 were just £160.

Last year, San Diego was named America's luckiest city by Men's Health magazine, and holidaymakers are getting lucky with airfares too. Flight prices are down by 13 per cent for 2012. They now average at £468, compared with £535 last year.

Dubrovnik is fast becoming the European holiday choice for savvy travellers, not least because Croatia still represents great value for money for Brits. And the even better news is that average flight prices to Dubrovnik have fallen by 41 per cent. This year you'll pay £137 (last year, prices averaged at £233). Don't miss our guide to Dubrovnik.

Despite the turmoil that has continued in Eygpt since February 2011, causing a sharp fall in the the number of holidaymakers, flight prices to Sharm el Sheikh have risen sharply. Last year prices hovered at around £296. You'll pay 21 per cent more for a return flight this year, with prices averaging at £357.

A duty-free haven with sunshine all year it may well be, but average flight fares to this Canary Island hotspot are up by 9 per cent this year. You'll pay an average of £224 this year, compared with £206 12 months ago.

Spain still comes top of the list the most searched-for holiday destinations, according to latest results from Skyscanner. But flight prices to certain destinations are looking steeper, with fares to Murcia up by 30 per cent. According to, average flight prices have leapt from £125 in 2011 to £161 for 2012.

The USA ranks second in Brits' most searched-for destinations. And 2012 is a particularly good year to book a flight to Miami - prices are 23 per cent down. says the average flight price for this year is £453. This is down from £587 last year. 

Italy is one of the top five most popular destinations for Brits - and the good news is that air fares to Florence for 2011 have plummeted. According to, prices now average at £108. This is nearly half the price for 2011 (£204) - a total reduction of 47 per cent. Don't miss our travel guide to Florence.

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