Umberto Trotti heard the terrifying cries of his wife and children and threw himself on a lifeboat several meters down the Costa Concordia to join them.
“This is my instinct, what I needed for my family. I jumped from a height of 3-4 meters. I landed on a German, poor man“Ten years after the disaster, he told the AFP.
On January 13, 2012, in the middle of icy waters, in front of Giglio Island off Tuscany, a large luxury cruise ship came ashore at night. The final death toll will rise to 32.
The Trotti family was reluctant to return to the island for a memorial service and torchlight procession on Thursday.
It should be the best time of our lives
Boat sirens and church bells will ring on the island at 9.45pm, reminiscent of the moment the ship collided with a rock.
Umberto Trotti, 44, and his wife, Fijorda, 33, returned a year after the tragedy, but the experience turned out to be traumatic. The couple chose this trip to celebrate their honeymoon with their two-year-old daughter Francesca and six-month-old baby Carlo.
“It should be the best time of our lives“, confie Umberto.”Those who are not on the ship will not understand. I was in shock, I was acting like a zombie“.
The Concordia, carrying 4,229 people from about 70 countries, ran aground while a large number of passengers were dining.
The ship’s captain, Francesco Sketino, was later sentenced to 16 years in prison. People panicked as the power was cut off and the boat sank into darkness.
The evacuation began more than an hour after the collision, during which time all lifeboats on one side of the ship were in a state of disrepair.
“The great betrayal”
“We were rescued by a cook from Como“In Lombardy (north), when the ship sank, he remembered Umberto Trotti having dinner with his family at the restaurant Milano.
Pavlo Masbero still wore his chef’s hat. “I hugged my six-month-old son and took him outside. The water was rising. We would have died if he had not come to the rescue“, Underscores Mr. Trotti, who does not know how to swim.
Later in the footage filmed by the Coast Guard, Divers can be seen searching for victims in a flooded restaurant.
Also on site number 5, pianist Antimo Magnotta fell from his stool when the boat suddenly tilted to the side. Along with other crew members, he found himself surrounded by frightened passengers.
“A woman came to me with two small children. She was like a tiger, a lion, and she practically attacked me. She told me: ‘You have to tell me what to do to save my children.“Magnotta told AFP, author of a book”Costa Concordia pianist“.
He tried to reassure the passengers that the captain would announce. “I promised them. But Shetino never spoke. This is a great betrayal“.
The 51-year-old pianist eventually moved to one side of the ship, but two of his friends died that night.
The musician, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, later decided to move to London, where he found work as a waitress. Now he wants to come back and play for the people of Kiglio Island, but he can not forgive Shetino.Didn’t say sorry“.
The former captain was convicted in 2015 of multiple murders, a sea accident and his responsibility for abandoning the ship before all passengers and crew were evacuated.
He has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, and his lawyers are expected to ask him to serve the remainder of his sentence at home this year for good conduct.
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