December 11 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 25, 2013
Three survivors have revealed their accounts of the Jupiter cruise ship sinking
Sisters Julia and Liz King attended Frances Bardsley, and were separated.
Liz King was 13 at the time:
“We were all in the lounge having a safety lecture.
The whole ship swayed. Teachers rushed off. Furniture was sliding everywhere.
I ran towards the door. I thought Julia and the others were following but they weren’t.
I made my way to a tugboat and they put us up on Pegasus for the night.
I was worried for Julia because our parents had told her ‘you’ve got to look after your little sister!’
When we got back home everyone rushed into their parent’s arms.”
Julia was 16:
“The lights went out. Bottles were smashing. I was thinking ‘where’s my sister?’ but knew we would both be alright because we could swim.
Tugboats were retreating because the ship started going down so quickly, we were thinking ‘don’t leave us.’
Soon I was under water, and must have fallen unconscious.
I woke in the sea holding on to a crate, watching the ship go down from a distance. A fisherman threw out rope for me to grab.
I was taken to hospital first and was one of the last to get back to the others.
My parents heard my sister was alive on the radio as a list was read out, and they knew I was alive because I was on television in hospital, but we didn’t know ourselves until I got back.”
Nicola Ginty attended Albany and was 14, she describes the journey home:
“As we passed news stands on the way to the airport, all of the papers had pictures of our boat on it. We arrived at Stansted and coaches were waiting for us. For the first time in my life I wanted to kiss the tarmac. I was so grateful to be back in the UK.
We had to keep the blinds closed on the bus because of the paparazzi following and driving alongside trying to take pictures of us.
We arrived at school, passing more press at the gates and the headmaster stepped on our coach. He was crying and said he was so happy that we were home. We were then allowed into the school hall and into the arms of our parents, cue lots of tears.”
Three men will today go on trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court for the rape of a woman in Romford last year.