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Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia: L.A. women describe escape

January 14, 2012 |  8:42 am

Costa Concordia

Two Los Angeles women recounted their harrowing escape from the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, which ran aground and tipped over off the Italian coast.

"We were crawling up a hallway, in the dark, with only the light from the life vest strobe flashing," Georgia Ananias, 61, told the Associated Press. "We could hear plates and dishes crashing, people slamming against walls."

"Have you seen 'Titanic?' That's exactly what it was," added her daughter Valerie Ananias, 31, whom the AP identified as a schoolteacher from Los Angeles.

Photos: Cruise ship runs aground off Italy

They were traveling with their family on the cruise ship when the accident occurred.

The mother and daughter told a reporter about crawling on their knees on hallways and stairwells to get off the crippled ship. The AP said the women had dark red bruises on their knees from the crawl.

They said they wonder where some of the other passengers they saw during the escape made it off the ship alive.

Three bodies were recovered from the sea, and Italian officials said 69 people are still unaccounted for.

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Photo: The Costa Concordia cruise ship lists at 80 degrees off the island of Giglio, Tuscany. Credit: Enzo Russo / EPA 

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