Lubbock native stranded after cruise ship disaster - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock native stranded after cruise ship disaster

Nick and Andrea Taliaferro Nick and Andrea Taliaferro

A graduate of Lubbock Christian High School is stranded overseas after surviving the Costa Concordia shipwreck.

Nick Taliaferro, 26, is safe and sound in Italy, but with no passport or identification he is waiting to get back to the states.

Taliaferro was one of the 4,200 aboard the sinking ship. Right now, he is more than 5,000 miles away in Rome.

He evacuated the ship with only his cell phone. Luckily, that one item has helped him keep in contact with his family.

Taliaferro's sister, Andrea Taliaferro-Taylor saw a picture on her brother's Facebook page. That's when she knew something was wrong.

"I said ‘is it going down' and he wrote back ‘yes'. I couldn't believe it," said Taliaferro Taylor.

She says was supposed to be a vacation to relax for her brother to relax with his girlfriend but it quickly turned into tragedy. Taliaferro was eating dinner moments before disaster struck.

"He had just taken a bite of his octopus and mushrooms when his table went away from him. He looked at his girlfriend, grabbed her by the hands and headed toward the top of the ship toward the life boats," said Taliaferro Taylor.

Fortunately Taliaferro was one of the passengers who got a life boat. He tells his sister it was chaos, exactly like the Titanic.

"Random people were handing him their children. There was hail Mary's going on, people screaming and crying and cardiac arrest," said Taliaferro Taylor.

Taliaferro and his girlfriend have been set up in a hotel.

According to his sister, he took a lot of pictures and video of the incident on his iPhone. That information is not being released. We're told his lawyer is trying to see if it will help investigators.

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