You must promise me that you'll survive. That you won't give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise.
Never let go.
I'll never let go. I'll never let go, Jack.
A local official said on Tuesday that search and rescue teams had found three more passenger bodies who were very likely to be the victims killed in a capsizal accident of a tourist boat off the coast of Thai island of Phuket last Thursday.
Phuket Provincial Governor Norraphat Plodthong told a press conference at the command center for the search and rescue mission that so far Thai and Chinese officials have confirmed that among the original 10 missing, five passengers are actually safe, and three of them have gone back to China.
According to the governor, if the newly found three bodies are confirmed to be passengers of the boat "Phoenix", then the accident has left 45 dead and two passengers missing so far. Fourty-two of the dead have been confirmed to be Chinese.
Many families are heartbroken because of the tragedy and the stories of the survivors have featured prominently in the press. One of them is the experience of Zhang Haofeng, a survivor from the sunken boat “Serenita”, from which all passengers were rescued.
Zhang is a 30-year-old man from Xinyang City, central China’s Henan Province. During the incident, he helped four people survive, including his fiancée Meng Ying, who was on pre-marriage trip with him.
According to Meng and other witnesses, Zhang tried his best to put Meng onto the lifeboat when the boat started sinking, and then gave his floating surfboard to an elderly couple struggling in water. After escorting them to the lifeboat and helping them get in, the raft had to leave without him since there was no more space.
The lifeboat did not come back to Zhang. He was floating in the sea with the help of some floats, which he later gave to a sailor from the “Serenita” who kept vomiting. After drifting together more than 12 hours for the whole night, they arrived at an island the next morning and were finally rescued by a fishing boat.
Meng and Zhang’s family were concerned that he hadn't come back and just as their hopes were dashed, they saw their “hero” on the news last Friday. Zhang later received treatment in a local hospital for jellyfish stings and severe dehydration.
Due to Zhang protecting his loved one the moment the disaster struck, he was named the real-life Jack from Titanic by many Chinese netizens. “If you met such a man, you should hurry to marry him,” users commented on social media.
Zhang’s bravery and amazing acts of kindness was applauded by many people. As Zhang’s colleague Ms Yao told Henan Television, “He is always ready to help others.” Zhang’s mother said she believed that anyone would have done the same as her son at that time.