NOVI (WWJ) – The known death toll from Friday’s grounding of a luxury cruise liner off Italy’s coast has risen to five. Authorities say divers searching the submerged part of the Costa Concordia found the bodies of two elderly men still in their life jackets.

Meanwhile, a Novi woman who survived the Andrea Doria-Stockholm collision off the coast of Massachusetts in 1956, Pierette Simpson, tells WWJ what we should have learned by now.

“We certainly should have learned to take the lifeboat drills very seriously. And from what I’ve read, they did not have a drill on the Concordia for four days so people were not prepared.”

Pierette Simpson was just 9 years old then … coming to America from Italy with her grandparents.

Now, 64 and a retired French teacher at Detroit Country Day, she finds this latest incident with the Concordia shocking.

Simpson says that the captain of the Andrea Doria, CaptainCalamai, did everything in his power to carry out this incredibly difficult sea rescue.

View Gallery of Costa Concordia photos.

Simpson says ship crews today should have better training.

Forty-six people died when the Andrea Doria sank. Simpson will talk about shipwrecks at the first international marine forensics symposium in April.

More from


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s