Nick Taliaferro of Ocean Beach was on the ill-fated Italian cruise ship with his girlfriend when it hit a reef and sank last week. Now some of the passengers are calling Taliaferro a hero for assisting them and their children getting into lifeboats despite calls by crews that everything was okay.
A website in Nick’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, ran a piece about him last week, see this: Hannibal.net :
A former Hannibal resident is being called a hero by some of his fellow passengers aboard the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which was carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew when it hit a reef and sank last Friday off the tiny Italian island of Giglio.
Dave Taliaferro [Nick’s father], a 1976 graduate of Hannibal High School who now lives in Lubbock, Texas, said he received an e-mail Wednesday morning from a woman who was aboard the lifeboat with his 26-year-old son, Nick. The woman praised Nick Taliaferro, who lived in Hannibal until he was approximately 4 years old, for keeping “us all calm” and for being “an absolute hero getting all the children and their families into the lifeboat first.”
Nick, who now lives in San Diego, Calif., where he is working and attending Mesa College, injured a bruised knee while helping people climb into a lifeboat.
Patty Sandoval and Nicholas Taliaferro had never been so happy to end a trip. The two San Diegans got off a direct flight from London Saturday night and thanked God they had survived the most terrifying ordeal of their lives.
They had been aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship when it ran aground on rocks off the Italian coast on Jan. 13.
“It was a nightmare. It was supposed to be a relaxing trip and it was a nightmare,” Sandoval said.
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