The Greek soprano, Dimitra Theodossiou, was discharged today from hospital in Lecce where she was taken by helicopter from the burning ferry, Norman Atlantic. At least 10 people died in the disaster. Dimitra describes scenes of total horror:
‘I had a berth in the first class, I was asleep and woke up to the smell of burning. There was smoke in the cabin. I got up, put on a sweater, took money and identity cards and ran out. I knocked on all the other cabin doors, shouting: get out, get out there is a fire!
There were men – Iraqis, Turks, Pakistanis – who were sent below to give priority to children, the elderly and to women, but they climbed back up and beat people, tugging, pulling them away, pushed their way to safety. I, too, was beaten, but I reacted to reach the helicopter, I got into a great rage, I thought : now or never.’
Read full interview here (in Italian).