The following is the testimony of the shocked Ms. Athens, which was given a few minutes a go in SKAI TV: “I was with three others on board, now we’re all okay. At 6:30 in the morning, and while we were sleeping, we felt a strange smell in the cabin, but no alarm had run. Our cabin was on the 6th level. We opened the door and saw a lot of smoke down the corridor. The floor was red and burning! The alarm sounded much much later. The crew did not help us. While we were trying to climb the ladder, they gave us life jackets and we entered the raft. Inside the boat, we were 40 to 50 people, including young children. Within fifteen minutes, we had abandoned the ship. Panic prevailed because the people did not know what was happening. Did not know where to go”.
She also stated that the fire quickly went out of control. “The crew was trying to put it out while it was reaching the fourth level. While we were leaving, we were walking on burning floors. We saw the ship on fire as we drifted away on the life raft”
Mr. Fotis Tsantakidis, one of the survivors, spoke to MEGA channel and stated that the fire broke out simultaneously in 2-3 points!
The survivor stated: “We heard the burst of car tires, explosions. There was no smoke alarm. Smoke was coming into the cabin. There was no moderation. There was no coordination”.
Referring to what happened to the boat which he entered: “Our life boat’s engine gave out and we were smashing against the ship. The weather was very bad. It was certainly 10 on the Beaufort scale. We managed to find ourselves on the side of Spirit of Piraeus and climbed up a ladder. Everyone from our life boat was rescued. Inside were women and children, and a priest who fell overboard, but they saved him”.