They still can’t sleep at night since the Costa Concordia put them through the ordeal of their lives.
A Russian couple that made it ashore safe and sound believe every passenger could still be alive had the rescue operation been better organized.
They are just two of the passengers from over 4,000 people onboard the massive cruise ship Costa Concordia. Denis Golovkin and Olga Gridneva still have trouble sleeping at night.
“I don’t understand how they couldn’t have rescued everyone considering the liner sank no further than half a kilometer from land, in warm weather,” says Olga.
Sixteen bodies have so far been recovered and 16 people are still missing after the 290-meter long cruise liner struck a rock near the Tuscan island of Giglio.
Olga and Denis got onboard only two and a half hours prior to the disaster at the port of Civitavecchia.
For them it was just the beginning of their cruise, as the liner was picking up passengers along the way.
The couple had just had dinner – incidentally, to the tune of the Titanic theme song – and were back in their cabin when the ship hit the reef.
“Our glasses, laptops and cellphones flew off the table,” Olga recalls.
“The boat went too close to the shoreline where it wasn’t supposed to be. And we certainly felt it, like a really strong crash or shaking…”
They grabbed their life vests and Denis suggested taking warm clothes, considering the temperature outside was 12 degrees Celsius.
“I thought that we might actually have to jump overboard,” Olga says, “nobody was supervising us, we spent an hour and a half on the deck, and the speakers were saying, “Don’t worry, everything is fine…”
It was very scary. It was a large ship, the height of a multi-storey building.
When a sensible individual starts thinking that they might have to jump overboard they assess their abilities and realize that they don’t feel like jumping from this height at all.”