“We arrived and they took a video to make the families pay for the trip. Half an hour later the boat sank.”

Vincenzo Luciano reaches out and, with his hand still holding the cigarette he’s smoking nervously, points out to sea, not far from the shore. “Look, there it is, see? It won’t even be 60 meters. Where the water looks cleaner, there is sand. The ship sailed there. “They could have been saved.” A year has passed since the morning of February 26, when this 51-year-old fisherman, who had eyes like the sea, jumped into the water to save dozens of pieces of dead wood from a wooden bar. In front of it, on the shores of Staccato di Cutro, in Calabria. At least 94 of the more than 180 people on board died, and an unknown number remain missing a year later.

“Today there is a north wind, that day it was Sirocco. He pulled the bodies out of the sea and the surf took them away again. There was a girl in a red coat. I got it back twice. Then the body escaped and a week later it was found again on the beach four kilometers from here. Only in the morning we brought out 20, 30 bodies. And I feel guilty because I didn’t save a single one alive. Now they call me a body fisherman. It’s not pretty,” he says, leaning against the old white jeep in which he also crossed the coastal dunes that morning and became the first witness to one of the greatest tragedies in the Mediterranean in recent years.

Source: El Diario

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