(TELEGRAPH) — The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship “cried like a baby” as he hugged its chaplain just hours after the boat hit rocks, the luxury liner’s priest revealed.

Father Raffaele Malena said he was among the last to leave the ship at around 1.30am local time on Saturday and then stayed “close to the injured” in the tiny harbour of Giglio.

“I descended on the rope ladder. I was picked up by a little lifeboat,” he said.

Around an hour later, the captain, Franceso Schettino, appeared.

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