Ship survivor: My husband died for me

2012-01-16 19:00

Toulouse - The widow of a Frenchman who died on the Costa Concordia luxury liner gave a chilling account on Monday of how her husband sacrificed his life by giving her the only life jacket they had.

"I owe my life to my husband," said Nicole Servel, 61, whose husband Francis was one of at least six people to die when the luxury liner ran aground off the Italian coast on Friday night.

"He said to me 'jump, jump'. And as I don't know how to swim, he gave me his life jacket. I was hesitant about jumping. So he went first. Then I jumped. I floated on my back," she told RTL radio.

"I called to him, he shouted back: 'Don't worry! I'll be all right.' The water was barely eight degrees. And then, I never saw him again," said Servel, whose children gave her the Mediterranean cruise as a 60th birthday gift.

Servel, from the southwestern city of Toulouse, lashed out at the ship's crew, some of who reportedly abandoned the ship before the passengers: "There was no one to save my husband... We were alone."

Servel said she was in the water until she was washed up against some rocks from where villagers rescued her and took her to a church to recover in the warmth.

  • Sylvia - 2012-01-16 19:39

    So tragic, sad, and totally unnecessary. What was that Captain thinking?!

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-01-16 19:51

    The captain was only thinking how fast he could reach his home. COWARD!!!!!

  • Simamkele Nolonwabo Twala - 2012-01-16 19:53

    titanic indeed! May his soul rest in peace!

  • zahir786 - 2012-01-16 20:51

    now this really does remind me of the last scene from titanic, May thay rest in peace.

      Amien - 2012-01-16 22:20

      true so sad

  • Mark - 2012-01-17 06:45

    Tradgic, allways make your kids learn to swim and make swimming lessons compulsory at school together with basic first aid. Read too many articles of people drowning becuase they cant swim and know of too many adults who cannot swim.

  • Talitha - 2012-01-17 13:44

    Im sorry and sincerely sympathetic but... who goes on a cruise and can't swim?! Tragic.

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