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Frenchwoman Isabelle Mougin, 38, who is five months pregnant, wept as she described her battle to get off the sinking ship with her husband.
That was the last time she saw the former French Air Force pilot.
Mrs Servel’s sister Bernadette said: ‘On Friday at about 9.40pm I sent Nicole and Francis a text message, “Kisses to both of you, I miss you”. Then the lights went out and there were no announcements for over an hour.
I didn’t see captains’ jackets and things like that. Mrs Rodford had been reluctant to go on the liner at all because she is afraid of water.
Arriving back at Heathrow, she said: ‘I just thought my life was over.
I thought, if I don’t die from the swimming part, I’m going to die from the shock of having to get in it.’Also on the vessel was retired accountant Brian Page, 63, who had paid £860 for a seven-day cruise.
He was enjoying a seven-course silver-service dinner when disaster struck.
We just had to watch them be rescued with no idea what would happen to us. We hung on to the edge of a liferaft and kept lifting our heads to shout to ask to be taken on board but the people in the raft didn’t hear us or didn’t want to hear us.We’ve lost our passports, £500 cash and my credit cards, which were all in the ship’s safe.’ Mr Rodford said the officers were no help.‘The people who served us our dinner were the people who helped us get on the lifeboats and were manning the lifeboats.The family were warned by French authorities on Saturday evening to expect the worst.Their daughter Edwige flew to Italy to formally identify his body.