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Airlift to safety: The moment trapped crewman was finally rescued from cruise ship... TWO DAYS after

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    Airlift to safety: The moment trapped crewman was finally rescued from cruise ship... TWO DAYS after it went down off Italian coast

    'I never lost hope of being saved': Trapped survivor airlifted to safety two days after cruise ship wreckage speaks of his nightmare

    • Bodies of two elderly men found in submerged restaurant
    • Captain held on suspicion of manslaughter as death toll reaches five
    • Passengers tell of 'chaos' as crew members said 'go back to your cabins'
    • Survivors leapt for their lives into the icy sea as the liner rolled onto its side
    • Boat was 'four miles off course' when it hit rocks
    • Bodies of two French passengers and a Peruvian crewman recovered yesterday
    • Liner had listed so badly 'lifeboats had difficulty being launched'
    • 37 Britons on board and have been reported safe and well

    The senior crew member dramatically winched to safety after two days trapped on the doomed Costa Concordia said he 'never lost hope of being saved' during his '36-hour nightmare'.Cabin service director Manrico Giampedroni, 57, was discovered in one of the luxury Italian cruise liner's restaurants which was semi-submerged with water. Italian news reports say he stayed behind to help passengers into the lifeboats but as the vessel listed he fell and broke his leg.His comments came yesterday, as it emerged divers had discovered two more bodies.
    Yesterday afternoon the Italian coastguard said the bodies of two elderly men were found in a submerged restaurant, taking the death toll to five. Two French passengers and a Peruvian crew member were confirmed dead yesterday. A sixth body was found this morning.But there were still glimmers of hope. Late last night two 29-year-old newlyweds were plucked alive from the wreckage. The couple from South Korea had been on their honeymoon when they became stranded two decks below rescuers who eventually heard their screams.
    More than 4,000 people were evacuated when the ship ran aground off the coast of Tuscany on Friday night. A total of 16 people are still missing.
    [​IMG]Manrico Giampetroni is 57 and is the cabin service director. He was trapped for over 24 hours

    [​IMG]Mr Giampetroni is strapped to a rescue worker and airlifted from the ship

    [​IMG]Mr Giampetroni is hoisted into the helicopter. He has a suspected broken leg

    [​IMG]Rescue: The Costa Concordia is pictured this morning as rescuers in a boat co-ordinate the rescue effort during the desperate hunt for more survivors

    [​IMG]Safe: The ship's cabin service director, 57-year-old Manrico Giampetroni, was discovered in an air pocket in a flooded restaurant two days after the incident. He was winched to safety and has a suspected broken leg

    The newlyweds, who are not thought to be injured, told firefighters they had not seen or heard any other survivors during the 24 hours they were trapped. All 23 British passengers and 12 crew have been reported safe and well.

    Meanwhile, the Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino, and first officer Ciro Ambrosio were detained last night at the police station in Porto Santo Stefano on the Italian mainland, as they faced continuing questioning about the events leading up to the disaster. Prosecutors are investigating possible charges of multiple manslaughter and abandoning the ship while passengers were still in danger.


    Prosecutor Francesco Verusio said the Concordia had approached the tiny island of Giglio ‘the wrong way’, while sources said that the 52-year-old captain, from Naples, had abandoned the ship at around 11.30pm local time – about an hour after it struck a rocky outcrop and started taking in water – while the last passengers were not taken to safety until 3am yesterday morning.

    As the liner lay virtually flat on its starboard side last night, a 160ft gash visible on its upturned hull, rescue workers raised the possibility that there may still be bodies in the submerged section.

    Fire services spokesman Luca Cari said specialist diving teams would ‘check all the interior spaces of the ship’ and added: ‘We don’t rule out the possibility that more people will be lost.’


    Lucky to be alive: Newlyweds from South Korea are led to safety by Italian firefighters after rescue workers found them trapped in the partly sunk ship this morning


    Screams: Rescue workers heard this South Korean man and his wife screaming and took 90 minutes to free them. The 29-year-old is pictured getting off a ferry to safety
    [​IMG]Dry land: Jeong Hye Jim, left, and his wife Kideok Hanmarito talk to the press after they were rescued by Italian emergency services last night

    Two of the confirmed victims were French and the third victim was named as Tomas Alberto Costilla Mendoza, a crewman aged 49, from Peru.

    One report said last night that 29 Filipino kitchen workers were feared trapped in the bowels of the 951ft, £390 million Concordia.
    Last night concerns were raised about the chaos and confusion on board and the delays in evacuating the vessel.
    It was also suggested that the passenger list may not have been kept up to date, which might account for some of those missing.
    Recounting scenes reminiscent of the film Titanic, survivors spoke of crawling in darkness along upended hallways and stairwells as crockery and glasses smashed around them.


    Underwater: Divers took these pictures of the submerged parts of the stricken cruise ship as they searched amid the wreckage for missing passengers and crew today

    [​IMG]A photo taken by Spanish passenger Carlos Carballa on board cruise ship as panicking passengers wait to be evacuated on Friday night

    [​IMG]Worried: Passengers wait to be rescued from the ship. Many reported difficulties in launching the lifeboats as the ship had listed so badly
    There were also reports of passengers wearing life jackets over evening dress jumping overboard into the cold, night sea and trying to swim ashore.
    One of the most dramatic accounts of the night came from 22-year-old Rose Metcalf, from Dorset, who was among the last few people to leave the vessel.
    She was one of eight British dancers working on the Concordia and spoke of hanging on to a water hose which a friend had tied to the ship’s handrail when it began to list.
    Later, after being rescued by helicopter, she left a message for her father saying: ‘I don’t know how many are dead. I am alive .  .  . just. I think I was the last one off.’ All 37 Britons on board were believed safe last night.
    [​IMG]Gashed open: The massive Costa Concordia listing after it was split open on a rock

    [​IMG]Members of the emergency services crawl along the side of the half submerged cruise liner Costa Concordia as the search for survivors continue

    [​IMG]Efforts to reach survivors have hampered by blocked doors and staircases according to reports. Three people have been rescued including a crew member with a suspected broken leg
    [​IMG]Italian Coast Guard personnel recover the black box from the Costa Condordia cruise ship that ran aground off the west coast of Italy
    Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia carrying more than 4,000 people ran aground and keeled over off the Italian coast near the island of Giglio in Tuscany, Italy, last night
    The Costa Concordia after the evacuation off the Itaiian coast had been completed. Tonight Captain Francesco Schettino was being quizzed by police
    [​IMG]The cruise ship that ran aground is seen off the west coast of Italy as a helicopter hovers above to try and find passengers

    [​IMG]The damage to the vessel can be seen quite clearly

    [​IMG]The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, Francesco Schettino is taken into custody in Grosseto, Italy

    [​IMG]Lifeboats are pictured in the foreground. Among the dead was a man around age 65, who officials believe may not have been able to withstand the cold of the sea at night

    [​IMG]Passengers spoke of having to crawl along near vertical hallways and stairwells to escape the ship as it began to take on more and more water

    The ship was on a Mediterranean cruise starting from the Italian city of Civitavecchia with scheduled calls at Savona, Cagliari and Palermo, all also in Italy; Marseilles in France; and Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.As divers searched areas of the ship that were now underwater, there was some concern for their safety if the vessel shifted.‘It is a very delicate operation because the ship might move or sink farther,’ said a spokesman for Italy’s coastguard. ‘This could endanger the divers, trapping them inside the wreck.’Many of the passengers were sitting down to eat in the Concordia’s restaurants when they heard a loud bang followed by a ‘terrible groaning’ noise.Diners were instructed to remain seated even as the ship began listing. According to the captain, the ship had an electrical problem. But although it soon became clear that the problem was far worse, passengers continued to be told for a good 45 minutes that there was a simple technical problem.Even when the situation became clearer crew members delayed lowering the lifeboats even though the ship was listing badly.
    ‘We had to scream at the controllers to release the boats from the side,’ said Mike van Dijk, a 54-year-old from Pretoria, South Africa.‘We were standing in the corridors and they weren’t allowing us to get on to the boats. It was a scramble, an absolute scramble.’Robert Elcombe, 50, from Colchester but who now lives in Australia, said he and his wife Tracy got into a life boat – but were ordered out again when staff said it was ‘only a generator problem’ that could be fixed.
    He said: ‘But as we got back inside the ship it tilted so steeply that I had to grab hold of people to save them as they flew down the corridor.'It was real Titanic stuff. We lost everything: passports, luggage, money. But at least we’re alive, unlike some people.’
    [​IMG]Close-up: A woman looks at the cruise ship as it lies half in the water off the coast of Italy. Three people have been killed


    A woman is cared for by a rescue worker and a child is taken to safety. Thousands of people have been affected by the incident

    [​IMG]Rescue workers help a woman as she is led to safety at Porto Santo Stefano. Lifeboats had difficulty launching

    [​IMG]Passengers arrive at Porto Santo Stefano

    [​IMG]The evacuees were taking refuge in schools, hotels, and a church on the tiny island of Giglio, a popular holiday isle about 18 miles off Italy's central west coast

    Georgia Ananias, 61, from Los Angeles, recalled crawling along a hallway as the ship began to upturn. She said an Argentine couple handed her their three-year-old daughter, as they were unable to keep their balance. ‘I grabbed the baby. But then I was being pushed down,’ she said. ‘I didn’t want the baby to fall down the stairs. I gave the baby back. I couldn’t hold her. I thought that was the end and I thought they should be with their baby. I wonder where they are.’Passengers Alan and Laurie Willits from Ontario said they were watching the magic show in the ship’s main theatre when they felt an initial lurch, followed a few seconds later by a shudder.They said the ship then listed and the theatre curtains seemed like they were standing on their side. ‘And then the magician disappeared,’ said Mr Willits.When he left the stage it panicked the audience members who fled for their cabins.LEVIATHANS THAT PLOUGH THE SEAS

    Owned by giant US cruise line Carnival, the Costa Concordia is the world’s 26th largest passenger ship.

    But despite a 114,500 gross tonnage, 951ft length and a capacity for 3,206 passengers and 1,023 crew, she is a relative minnow compared to the two biggest ocean liners, Oasis of the Seas and its sister ship Allure of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean International. They displace 225,282 tons each and are 1,187ft long. Each accommodates 6,296 passengers and 2,165 crew.

    Third is the 155,873-ton Norwegian Epic, operated by Norwegian Cruise Line, while Queen Mary 2, flagship of Cunard – like P&O also part of Carnival – is seventh at 151,400 tons.

    The top ten liners by size are: 1/2 Allure of the Seas/ Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International. 3 Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line. 4/5 Freedom of the Seas/Liberty of the Seas, Royal Caribbean. 6 Independence of the Seas, Royal Caribbean. 7 Queen Mary 2, Cunard. 8/9 Navigator of the Seas/Mariner of the Seas, Royal Caribbean. 10/11 MSC Fantasia/MSC Splendida, MSC Cruises.

    [​IMG]A Carabinieri boat approaches the Costa Concordia as it lies partly submerged in the water off the coast of Tuscany

    [​IMG]Collision: Rocks embedded in the ruptured side of the Costa Concordia reveal the extent of the damage to the hull

    There were reports last night that captain Schettino, had been dining with passengers when the accident happened – but the ship’s operating company, Costa Crociera, said he was on the bridge.
    He then discovered that the ship was four miles off course, but was unsure why. One theory is that an electrical fault had wiped out the ship’s navigational power and steering control. Captain Schettino told investigators that charts showed he was in waters deep enough to navigate.
    He was quoted as saying: ‘The area was safe, the water was deep enough. We struck a stretch of rock that was not marked on the charts. As far as I am concerned, we were in perfectly navigable waters.’
    Francesco Paolillo, a coastguard commander, said the vessel ‘hit an obstacle’, ripping a gash across the left side of the ship, which started taking on water. He said the captain tried to steer his ship toward shallow waters, near Giglio’s small port, to make evacuation by lifeboat easier.
    But when Captain Schettino realised the severity of the situation, he gave the order to abandon ship with seven short whistles.
    Within minutes the Costa Concordia, began to list dramatically, reaching an angle of 20 degrees in just two hours. The angle became too steep for lifeboat evacuation, and instead, five helicopters from the coastguard, navy and air force airlifted the last 50 passengers still aboard.
    By early morning, nine hours after the incident, the Costa Concordia, was at an angle of more than 80 degrees.
    Officials last night said the dead were a Peruvian crew member and two French tourists.
    One Italian passenger said: ‘There was just utter chaos and panic. No one from the crew seemed to know what they were doing.
    ‘No one counted us, neither in the life boats nor on land,’ said Ophelie Gondelle, 28, a French military officer. She said there had been no evacuation drill since she boarded on January 8.
    The evacuees initially took refuge in schools, hotels and a church on the tiny island of Giglio, about 18 miles off Italy’s west coast. Mayor Sergio Ortelli issued an appeal for ‘anyone with a roof’ to open their homes to survivors. By yesterday afternoon they had all been flown to the mainland.

    [​IMG]Operation: Rescue boats of the stranded cruise ship Costa Concordia arrive in the harbour and dozens of passengers are pictured on the quayside

    [​IMG]Coastguard officials confirmed that 3,200 passengers were onboard at the time along with 1,000 crew members and all had been evacuated by lifeboat and taken to the island of Giglio


    By Polly Dunbar

    Since the 1980s, the cruise industry has boomed, with more than 19 million passengers taking one last year and nine or more newly-built cruise ships of 100,000 tonnes or greater being built every year for the past decade.

    Traditionally, the vast majority of cruises have been taken by Americans to the Caribbean islands, but the Mediterranean market is rapidly expanding, with Italy the prime destination.
    Cruise liners are designed for pleasure voyages, in which the surroundings and the luxurious ameneties are the major focus of the experience, rather than the transportation itself.

    As a result, they are built differently from ocean liners, which usually have high freeboards and stronger plating to withstand adverse conditions encountered in the open ocean, such as the Atlantic, and lower fuel consumption. Cruise ships also have U-shaped bottoms, whereas ocean liners - including the 1,132-ft RMS Queen Mary II, which is often used for cruising - usually have deep V-shaped bows to help them power through the waves.

    However, as an industry, cruising has a safety record generally regarded as excellent. Over the past two decades, an estimated 90 million passengers have enjoyed a cruise without major incident. The overwhelming majority of deaths on cruise ships are from natual causes or suicides.
    Although cruise ships appear to be top heavy, most of their weight is at the bottom, while the structure towards the top is designed to be comparatively lightweight.

    According to Malcolm Latarche, editor of the global shipping magazine IHS Fairplay Solutions, the 950-ft Costa Concordia, which was built in 2005, was designed to standards comparable with ocean liners.
    ‘The Concordia was capable of travelling across the Atlantic, or anywhere in the world. It was considerably smaller than the Queen Mary II, but it was built to the same standards,’ he said.
    ‘Modern cruise ships are built to be as sturdy and safe as possible. They have to be - they can be carrying thousands of passengers.’
    Mr Latarche believes the Concordia disaster may have been triggered by an electrical fault, which caused a loss of power in the ship and led it to crash into rocks.

    ‘Although the damage caused to the ship was severe, there are many safeguards in the design of a state of the art cruise ship to prevent it turning over. There is a second hull within the outer hull. Inside the inner hull there is a steel structure like an ice tray to contain the water and prevent it spreading through the ship.

    ‘In this case, the master rightly attempted to return it to the shore, but it seems to have keeled over because it hit shallow water on the coast. An ocean cruise ship is not designed to float in 20ft of water. It needs much more than that to remain upright.’

    Passenger ships - defined as any ship carrying more than 12 passengers - must comply with International Maritime Organisation regulations, which cover every aspect of the construction and operation.
    According to Mr Latarche, the fact that the average tonnage of cruise ships has doubled in the last decade makes a full-scale evacuation at sea almost impossible.

    Under new regulations introduced by the IMO in 2010, the very latest ships are now designed to be able to return to port even in the event of a major fire or loss of power on board, in order to make evacuation unnecessary.
    The Concordia was commissioned five year prior to the new rules, but, Mr Latarche said: ‘Even if the most sophisticated ship in the world went into shallow water, the likelihood is it would turn on its side.
    ‘This was a unique situation in which a number of circumstances all came together.’

    Costa Concordia cruise ship pictures: Trapped survivor Manrico Giampedroni airlifted to safety | Mail Online

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    Wenzetu hawa kwa kweli wako makini sana katika kuokoa maisha ya wananchi wao hasa tatizo kama hilo linapotokea na ni kwa sababu uzembe kidogo huwa hakuna msalia mtume sheria inachukua mkono wake kwa hivyo kila mtu anajikuta anapaswa kuwajibika sawia, kwetu kwa kuwa hakuna hatua zozote ambazo tumekuwa tukichukua hata wahusika umakini wao umekuwa mdogo sana.
    Anyway, luck that guy for surviving.Thank you for the detailed news.
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    Surging online interest in Domnica Cemortan

    [​IMG](Domnica Cemortan)

    Francesco Schettino, captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, may be the least popular man in Europe. However, he does have at least one fan. Domnica Cemortan (sometimes spelled "Dominica Cermotan") of Moldova is doing her best to defend Schettino's honor.
    The 25-year-old gave an interview with Moldova's Jurnal TV. She claims Schettino "did a great thing, he saved over 3,000 lives" and that he stayed on deck until 11:50 p.m., an assertion that contradicts other reports. The ship sank on Jan. 14. Eleven people have been confirmed dead; 21 more are missing.
    Cemortan has worked on cruise ships, but she claims, according to ABC News, to have been onboard the Costa Concordia as a passenger. The trip, she has said, was a birthday present.
    Seafarers outraged that captain jumped ship
    Over the past several days, web interest in Cemortan has skyrocketed. Information about the Moldovan is scant; several photos, however, apparently from her Facebook account, have surfaced.
    [​IMG](Domnica Cemortan)

    According to the U.K.'s Telegraph, Cemortan said in an interview that she feels Schettino is being unfairly criticized: "Look at how many people are alive because of him. It's a tragedy that people are missing, but he saved over 3,000 people on that ship because of his actions."
    According to the AP, Cemortan posted on her Facebook page that "she wasn't on duty the night of the grounding but was with Schettino, other officers and the cruise director on the bridge. She said she was called up from dinner to help with translations of instructions for how the small number of Russian passengers should evacuate."
    Authorities are eager to speak with her, as it has been widely reported that she was with Schettino during the disaster. Cemortan denies she is the captain's girlfriend. She's also said that reports the captain was drinking in the ship's bar are false.
    Italy IDs four more cruise ship victims
    The captain has claimed that he fell into the life boat when the ship tilted the side, an assertion that has been widely mocked. A recently released audiotape of an Italian Coast Guard official yelling at the captain to get back on board has inspired t-shirts and Facebook pages.

    Surging online interest in Domnica Cemortan | The Upshot - Yahoo! News