the outbreak of Necro-Mortosis was
first reported on July 1st, the cruise liner had become a virtual pariah,
having been refused entry to all
ports along the southern US coast line.
Naval operation was deemed completed at earlier this evening. Of the
1189 passengers and 42 crew members, 712 passengers and 16 crew were
evacuated. However, 28 passengers are reported to have been fatally
bitten and have been isolated on an accompanying US Navy hospital ship.
7 navy seals were reported killed and one member of the 'Z-Proof' 'Zombie
hunters' has been reported seriously wounded by friendly fire.
Passenger reports are still arriving at the ZWN news desk, they build
a terrifying picture of fear and confusion when the outbreak began.
and Mrs Badden (UK) were on the notorious 6 (Surya deck), scene
of the original outbreak. They tell of hiding in their room for days.
"The intercom told us that we must not leave our room under any
circumstances, No matter what we hear, no matter how curious or safe
we think it is. He said he was the Captain. This was on the Friday,
when it all started."
Etienne Cabeau (F) was on 5 (Helios deck). "At first,
when the outbreak began, the porter banged on all the doors to tell
us to leave immediately. We followed him. But he found that the doors
to the upper levels had been locked shut. The rumor was that the ships
crew had done it to seal us in with the undead. To stop it spreading.
The porter kept banging on the door and radioing. We heard shouting
and fighting outside the door. and a gun shot. We decided to all try
another way up to the next level. But we saw dead people. Shuffling
and wailing. It was like a vision of hell. We all ran back along the
corridors. I don't know what happened to the other people. I locked
myself in my cabin. I knew what was happening at this point. I had figured
it out. I have seen the news and read what to do. The door was locked.
I would hear people running up and down the corridor. Banging on doors,
pleading to be let in. How could I though? They could have been infected
by now also. So I just kept very quiet.
silent in my room all week. I was very hungry. I had a little water
but no food. There was an Italian couple in the next cabin to me. They
had a young baby. They tried to stay quiet in their room also. But after
a few hours the baby would start to cry. They were able to make it go
to sleep at first. But it would wake up screaming again. It wanted feeding
I think. And they were not able to calm it. After a day or maybe less,
the undead came. I could hear them scraping and moaning outside our
doors. Then they started banging and pushing against my neighbors door.
It was terrible. They did that throughout the night. For many hours.
The banging just made the baby scream louder and so they banged more.
I think the door broke around 2 or 3am. Then I heard the most pitiful
screaming. I had to stay quiet. What could I do? I will never forget
David Auster (USA) was also on 5 (Helios deck). "We held
up in the gym. There were 8 of us. As soon as we realized what was going
on we dragged equipment across the doors. The necro's knew we were in
there alright. But that equipment is heavy. They pushed against the
door but could not get in. At one point, after about six hours, one
women and a guy left. I think they said they wanted to try and reach
their kids. I don't know if they made it. I hope they did. The intercom
said that a Naval assault had begun (after a few days) and anyone seen
outside the safety of a locked room who did not have their hands raised
clearly above their head, faced the risk of being shot on site."
Jessie Handle (USA) (Helios deck). "We were led to the
life boats after a few days. That was a nightmare. Lots of fighting.
But we all got in okay. It was scary being lowered down the sides. The
dead people were watching us. They would reach out. We were too far
out to be grabbed but it was frightening."
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