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Jewish Honeymooners Saved from Sinking Cruise Ship

A young Jewish couple from Florida, on their honeymoon a year after their wedding, survived Italian cruise ship disaster.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 1/15/2012, 1:06 PM

A young Jewish couple from Florida, on their honeymoon a year after their wedding, survived the Italian cruise ship disaster.

David Saba and his wife were among the first passengers to escape the Costa Concordia ship after it ran aground off an Italian island, Florida’s WSVN television reported.

"It is amazing. I didn't know things like that can happen, nowadays, in 2012," Joseph Saba, father of David, told the television station. 

He said the young couple was eating when the ship hit a sandbar and flipped on its side in shallow waters. “They felt something hit from below, 'Bap, bap bap!'" said Saba.

Correctly concluding that something was wrong, they headed for the ship's lifeboats, which later were found to be so scarce that fights broke out among passengers.

After the lights went off and alarms sounded, passengers were told to go the evacuation area, where the couple was lowered in a lifeboat. They reached shore without injury and now are in Rome.

They lost their passports and clothes, but they are grateful their situation is not worse.

"He lost all of his belongings, he has only his wallet and phone," said Joseph Saba. "He doesn't have a passport. They need to go to the embassy to see what they need to do to come back. They don't have any clothes or anything."

David’s sister Stephanie told WSVN, "I just can say thank G-d that he is OK and well.”

Three people were killed and 70 were injured in the disaster, Forty still are missing.