Saturday, January 14, 2012

Italy Cruise Ship Disaster: People Leapt To Escape Ship

Passengers and crew on a luxury cruise ship which ran aground off the Italian coast have described how people jumped for their lives into the sea.

Some passengers likened scenes on the blacked-out, sinking vessel to those on the Titanic and said people ran from restaurants as cutlery smashed all around them.

Others toppled down stairs as the ship tilted violently to one side while survivors clambered up rope ladders into helicopters.

Fabio Costa, who worked in a shop on the vessel, said a number of people were jumping into the sea to swim ashore and described the "panic" aboard.

He said: "We were all working and all of a sudden we felt the boat hitting something and everything just started to fall, all the glasses broke and everybody started to panic and run.

"We could only feel that the boat had hit something, we had no idea how serious it was until we got out and we looked through the window and we saw the water getting closer and closer.

"Everything happened really, really fast and we saw the water coming in." Read More