Cruise disaster: Titanic theme tune played as ship hit rocks
THE THEME tune to Hollywood blockbuster Titanic was playing in the Costa Concordia as it suddenly foundered on rocks, Swiss survivors revealed today.
In an ironic twist of fate, diners in one of the ill-fated cruise ship's restaurants were listening to Céline Dion's hit single My Heart Will Go – the theme tune to James Cameron's epic starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet – when it struck rocks on Friday night.
"Images from the film Titanic are more realistic than one might imagine. They kept coming into my head," Yannic Sgaga, a Swiss national told national daily La Tribune de Genève. He said he was listening to the tune in the restaurant with his brother Kevin at the time of the accident.
However, he said staff incompetence in evacuating the stricken vessel bore no comparison to the Titanic disaster.
"Besides kitchen staff, who helped, there were no crew members," Mr Sgaga is quoted as saying.
Another Swiss survivor described the crew's reaction as pitiful. "The evacuation was a catastrophe within a catastrophe," said Georg Linsi.
"Never in my life have I seen such a display of incompetence, unawareness and irresponsibility." "When the boat started to lean to the left, we held onto the right side.
"Besides one young sailor, we found not a single crew member near the (life) boats to organise the evacuation," he told the newspaper.
When the boat began to incline steeply, "hundreds of people were inside without information, with no indication of how to behave".
"There was panic when the boat was so steeply inclined that we had to walk on the walls.
"We remained inside for three hours before managing to get out and were able to leave the ship via a flexible ladder to reach the bridge of a coast guard vessel".
News about the Titanic theme tune followed the revelation on Tuesday that an Italian grand daughter of a Titanic survivor was on board the Costa Concordia when it capsized.
"It was like reliving history, it was horrible, I was really shocked," said Valentina Capuano, 30, who managed to escape when the giant vessel foundered.
"I am still shaken up and get very upset when I think about what I've been through, I have heart palpitations," said Miss Capuana, who escaped the sinking vessel along with her fiancé, her brother and his girlfriend.
Her grandmother also survived the Titanic disaster but lost her brother, a waiter on the ship and one of the 1517 people who died in the disaster.
The Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912.
The search for survivors aboard the Costa Concordia was suspended early on Wednesday morning after the ship shifted on the rock. 24 people remain missing, while 11 people have so far been found dead.