Shaken survivors arrive on Italy cruise disaster island
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AFP) - Shaken survivors and grieving relatives of the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster began arriving on the island of Giglio for a one-year anniversary commemoration of the tragedy on Sunday.
"It's terrible coming back here," one survivor, Clara Stara, said in the tiny Italian port where the giant hulk of a ship twice as big as the Titanic still lies keeled over on its side. "I've been anxious since yesterday and I hadn't felt any fear for a whole year," she said.
Among the arrivals was the family of Erika Fani Soria Molina, a Peruvian waitress who died. "This is very difficult for us," said her sister Maddelein Soria, 35, as her father held back tears. "This is something that will stay with us our whole lives. I am here to pay tribute to my sister. I feel as if I am with her again," she told AFP.
Indian-born Kevin Rebello, whose brother worked as a waiter on the ship and is still officially reported missing, said: "It's not easy to return."