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Woman wakes from coma and says her fall off cruise ship was not asuicide attempt
The survivor of what investigators say was a suicide leap off a
cruise ship in Norway awoke from a long coma to say she may have
Laura Stuardo, a 53-year-old banker from Italy, miraculously
survived the July 19 fall of 115 feet. She told police she fell
after an argument with her boyfriend in their cabin on the Costa
Fortuna luxury cruise ship, The Washington Post reported Friday,
citing the Italian newspaper La Stampa.
“I don’t remember if he pushed me, but I certainly didn’t want
to commit suicide,” she told La Stampa, according to the Post.
“It was an extremely long drop. I screamed, then there was an
impact with the water. I don’t remember anything else.”
The boyfriend Giovannia Pia, told Norwegian police he tried to
stop Stuardo from leaping to her death.
Stuardo suffered severe injuries in the fall, the Post said .
Italian police are now conducting an attempted murder
investigation. Police have not identified Pia, a salesman, as a
Stuardo told La Stampa her relationship with her 55-year-old
boyfriend had turned violent when he came home one night drunk
after cracking up his car, the Post said.
The couple booked the Norwegian cruise in an attempt to patch
things up, La Stampa reported, according to the Post.
The Italian daily also reported that Stuardo has refused to let
Pia visit her in the hospital, according to the Post.
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