I have just finished reading your book and just wanted to tell you that I was blown away by it. Your strength, courage and bravery are an inspiration. My husband and I went on a Mediterranean cruise and sailed that route in 2009. My blood ran cold when I heard the news of the Concordia and I followed the story as the tragedy unfolded. I do not think I would have been able to swim as you did. Thank G-d you had the strength to do it and survive. Thank you for writing this amazing book! My husband can’t wait to read it!



12 July 2017 – YPO Johannesburg, South Africa

“Compelling and spellbinding, depicting the strength of the human spirit”


“If you want to understand how to bring meaning and real life experience into the office, highly recommend inviting Andrea to speak to your teams about the power of the will to survive, being thankful for what we have and to remember how important it is to be prepared for the unexpected-never taking your safety for granted. Andrea you were a pleasure to meet and your spirit and story were deeply felt by the team-I am 100% confident that our time together today will resonate with my team for a lifetime.”


“Good perspective from someone who has gone through a near death experience and is valuing everyday … I was particularly struck with “apologize quickly” and “forgive often”. 


“Another take away was to keep myself healthy in case one day I have to physically go above and beyond what I feel my limits are – like you having to swim over to an Island and climb some rocks !!!

Yes, and always tell the ones you love that you love them !

Thank you for taking the time to record and share the details of your very difficult experience and for showing us and encouraging us that there really are good people in the world, strangers willing to help strangers !  That is inspiring.

Truly God has a plan for each of our lives, He sees the bigger picture !”