I survived the Costa Concordia disaster by clinging to rope

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.

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