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Survival was only the beginning.


The decision to return to the Island of Giglio, six months after this life altering accident, became a turning point in Andrea’s life. 

“This was the starting point of turning this tragedy into the brilliance of survival” Andrea said on her return.

“I must share these thoughts and document this incredible journey”.

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. 

Winston Churchill

Writing this book has allowed me to explore the many levels of what I have been going through. I have endeavored to communicate my emotions, actions, fears and the glory of survival as clearly as possible. So much has happened since our story began on Friday, January 13, 2012, and as time dilutes our memories, we feel in danger of forgetting the important moments.

The couple had only just ordered a bottle of wine at a dining hall aboard the massive vessel when it smashed into rocks off the Tuscan Island of Giglio Jan. 13.

With water flooding into the ship, Andrea refused to separate from her husband and take one remaining seat aboard a lifeboat. Instead, the couple swam for shore together, spending more than 20 minutes in frigid water.

Thirty-two people died that night.