When the Costa Concordia cruise ship hit rocks off the coast of Tuscany in January 2012, 32 people died. But for Emily Lau, 30, a musician from Oregon, making it ashore was just the start of the nightmare…
Through the chaos I felt calm.
There was a lot of fear and panic on that dark deck, with terrified crowds fighting to get on the remaining lifeboats, but I wasn’t frightened.
Looking at the surging crowd, realising we’d been pushed further back, I made my decision.
I Survived a Deadly Shipwreck: Costa Concordia Passengers Tell Their Stories
Screaming and crying, a hapless crew, and a dive into the water—as the prosecution wraps up its case against the Costa Concordia’s captain, The Daily Beast talks exclusively to two passengers who wish they could tell the court what really happened.
“Time was endless, panic was amplifying, fear and confusion was overwhelming,” remembers Andrea Davis, one of the 4,229 people on board the Costa Concordia cruise ship on January 13, 2012, when it crashed into rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio, killing 32 people. Davis will not be one of the 25 passengers giving testimony on Monday and Tuesday against Francesco Schettino, the erstwhile captain of the doomed cruiseliner who is standing trial for manslaughter, abandoning ship, and causing a maritime disaster, but if she had been called to testify, she says she would tell the court that surviving the crash was the easy part.
I Survived a Deadly Shipwreck: Costa Concordia Passengers Tell Their Stories Daily Beast
Amelia Leon was onboard the luxury Italian liner visiting her then boyfriend when it ran aground at Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, killing 32 passengers. Amelia Leon still has flashbacks of the terrifying moment her ship – the doomed Costa Concordia – began to sink.
It was to change the course of the young Birmingham singer’s life as she vowed never to return to sea.
But her ordeal has not stopped her singing career. Because the 24-year-old, who grew up in Selly Oak, is set to star on a Birmingham stage next Saturday.
“If someone starts talking about a boat or if I see pictures – the memories come back,” Amelia said.
Singer relives Costa Concordia terror Birmingham Mail
Survivors of the capsized Costa Concordia are commemorating the second anniversary of the grounding off Tuscany that killed 32 people with a candlelight march on Giglio island and a moment of silence in the Italian courtroom where the captain is on trial.
Judges and survivors alike stood in silence Monday morning inside the theatre-turned courtroom where Capt. Francesco Schettino stands accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the Concordia before all passengers had been evacuated. He says he’s innocent and saved lives.
Residents of Giglio are finally seeing the end of their ordeal, with June set as the date to remove the wreck from the island’s port. They received a boost in spirits in September when salvage crews pulled off an unprecedented engineering feat to right the 115-ton, ,000-foot-long wreck in preparation for it to be towed away.
Survivors mark 2nd anniversary of Costa Concordia wreck CTV News
Massive operation to move wrecked Costa Concordia begins New York Daily News
The relatives of the two people still missing from the Costa Concordia disaster embarked on a heart-wrenching wait for the discovery of their remains today, a day after the giant cruise ship was hauled upright. The clouds of sediment will have to settle, and the badly mangled starboard side of the ship inspected, before divers and other searchers can enter. “I hope that they will be able to make the ship secure quickly and then find my mother’s body,” Stefania Vincenzi, the 18-year-old daughter of Mrs Trecarichi, told The Daily Telegraph in her first interview with a British newspaper, as she looked at the wreck, half covered in brown algae…
Costa Concordia: Relatives of missing face agonising wait
The daughter of a woman killed in the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster last year off the Tuscan coast says she is vying to become Miss Italy in her mother’s memory. Stefania Vincenzi, 18, survived the crash but still does not know what became of her mother Maria Grazia Tricarichi who is believed to have drowned in the January 2012 disaster that killed 32.
Miss Italy hopeful competes in memory of Costa victim mom Gazzetta del Sud
When Rose Metcalf landed a job as a dancer on a cruise liner, she felt her dreams had come true. She performed in variety shows as the ship – the Costa Concordia – cruised along the Italian coast. But on Friday 13th January 2012, the ship hit rocks off the coast of Tuscany and began to sink.
Surviving the Costa Concordia Disaster BBC