The blazing hulk of the abandoned Norwegian cruise liner Fulvia sank on Monday (20 July) in the Atlantic north of the Canary Islands.
Flag PAN down to passengers on deck before fire
LV PAN Fulvia burning in distance
GV PAN Survivors in lifeboats (2 shots)
SV & TV Lifeboats approach rescue ship (2 shots)
SV Passengers on deck of rescue ship
SV PAN Lifeboats
SV Rescued passengers on deck
LV Fulvia burning in distance
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Background: The blazing hulk of the abandoned Norwegian cruise liner Fulvia sank on Monday (20 July) in the Atlantic north of the Canary Islands. Seven hundred passengers and crew were saved by the French liner Ancerville in a smooth rescue operation on Sunday (July 19). The French ship landed them at Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
The survivors had drifted in lifeboats for eight hours before being picked up. One of them, Riccardo Zerbi of Milan, took an eight millimetre movie camera film of the last hours of the Fulvia.
For most of the passengers the first inkling of trouble was when they were roused from sleep on Saturday night and told to get in the boats because the ship was on fore. Many young couples were still lingering on deck after a dance in the ship's nightclub.
Even though most of the survivors had spent hours in darkness in the life boats they had nothing but praise for the Fulvia's crew.
The worst injury was a broken leg though many elderly people suffered from shock and one woman had a nervous breakdown. For everyone it meant the loss of all their possessions -- clothes, money -- everything went down with the ship in spite of efforts to salvage it.
SYNOPSIS: The last carefree hours aboard the ill-fated Norwegian cruise liner Fulvia. These dramatic pictures were taken by Mr Riccardo Zerbi of Milan a passenger before fire broke out in the engine room on Sunday. The blazing hulk sank 30 hours later in the Atlantic north of the Canary Islands. All seven hundred passengers and crew were saved by the French ship Ancerville and landed at Tenerife.
Mr. Zerbi's next shot -- the Fulvia burning in the distance as he and his fellow passengers are carried to safety in lifeboats.
For most of the passengers the first inkling of trouble came when they were roused from sleep on Saturday night and told to get into the boats because the ship was on fire. This was their last sight of the holiday ship.