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this link to see Andrea's CTV interview on the day the Costa Concordia
from Calgary, AB
Author, Speaker, Survivor, captivating and inspirational!
Andrea keeps her audience gripping onto the edge of their seats
as together they sail away on this incredible journey. Helping
individuals turn tragedy into triumph so that they can move forward
and recognize new beginnings.
On Friday January 13th 2012, the cruise ship, Costa Concordia,
ran aground spilling 3200 passengers and 1,000 crew members into
the dark water of the Mediterranean. Thirty two people died and
many more suffered physical and emotional scars that are still
healing. Andrea and Laurence Davis were unable
to find space in a life boat and leading the way, followed by
others, had to swim for their lives as the 2000 foot-long ship
was rolling over on top of them.
Filled with raw emotion, the chaotic events of that night are
told through Andrea’s eyes from the over-turning dining
room, to the open deck rife with panic and confusion, the decision
to jump into the black waters and swim to a rocky shore, and the
painful hike over coral rocks to safety. We witness the warm hospitality
of the local Islanders who rescued, fed and clothed the survivors
and the waiting world who prayed for news of their safety. The
incredible decision to return to the scene of the disaster only
six months later and thank the people of Giglio,
despite the challenges of language and customs, attest to the
open-hearted courage of the Davis couple.
a gripping read. Once I started Andrea’s book, I could not
put it down. The story of Andrea and her husband’s ordeal
is harrowing, as she takes you from the sinking ship to their
terrifying swim to safety. As terrible as the events were, I admire
Andrea for seeing the good in the situation–the kindness
of the people of Giglio, the decency of individuals who helped
get them home.
Thank you Andrea, for this book.” - Janet Dirks,
CTV National News
Author: Survival Was Only The Beginning
– A Costa Concordia Story
ANDREA DAVIS was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She now lives
with her husband, Laurence and family in Calgary, Canada, near
the foothills of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. The incredible
journey that Andrea documents in this book highlights their survival
of the largest disaster at sea since the sinking of the Titanic,
and the months following. Andrea has opened her heart to share
her vivid and dramatic memories with her readers, demonstrating
the love, courage and determination that she and Laurence share.