Fr. Ilia Kartozia from Georgia stood beside the captain of the ship Norman Atlantic on Dec 27, 2014, and praying till the very end

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Father Ilia Kartozia from Georgia stood

beside the captain of the ship Norman Atlantic on Dec 27, 2014,

and praying till the very end

Father Ilia Kartozia, abbot of the David the Builder’s Monastery in Mtskheta, who was among the passengers of Norman Atlantic ferry on the Adriatic Sea, has allegedly been found dead.

According to Goga Tabatadze, head of the Georgian Foreign Ministry’s consular department, condition of rescued Georgian citizens is satisfactory. They are currently in the city of Bari. Georgian Consul in Italy Vakhtang Andghuladze is accompanying them.

Tabatadze claimed they got information from the Embassy of Georgia yesterday that another body had been found in the Adriatic Sea. They also received a photo of the body, which the parishioners identified as that of the missing priest.

“So far the only grounds we have to pronounce father Ilia Kartozia dead is a photo. It will be very lamentable if his death is confirmed. The state will do its best to carry out all necessary procedures to transfer the body to Georgia in a timely fashion,” promised Tabatadze

Reports say father Ilia stood beside the captain of the ship and praying till the very end.

The Norman Atlantic ferry caught fire on Sunday. Eight Georgian citizens were aboard the ship, Father Ilia Kartozia among them. Seven Georgians have already been found.

Out of 278 people aboard, 10 were confirmed dead. Rescuers took 200 people off the ferry. Majority of them are currently being treated for burns.

Source:

http://www.georgianjournal.ge/society/29170-father-ilia-stood-beside-the-captain-of-the-ship-and-praying-till-the-very-end.html

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Video: Final moments of Georgian priest in the Adriatic Sea (27 Dec, 2014)

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Final moments

of Georgian priest in the Adriatic Sea (27 Dec, 2014)

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VIDEO: Italian media about father Ilia Kartozia

 

Father Ilia Kartozia, abbot of Davit Aghmashenebeli Monastery, was found dead following the fire on the “Norman Atlantic” ferry on the Adriatic Sea. Italian TV network RAI 2 has published some footage regarding the deceased priest’s life and final moments.
Edition repubblica.it has published an interview by a Georgian survivor, Irakli, 25, who retold the story of Father Ilia Kartozia.
According to Irakli, once the fire emerged, Father Ilia gave him hope and he would have been in despair without him. Irakli says he was with his wife and a 9-year-old child on the ferry.
“Father Ilia was telling me God would not abandon us. He gave me strength. He told me in what direction to go,”- said Irakli. According to him, Father Ilia had a backpack full of icons. Irakli says that Father Ilia saw a woman with a small child and let her go ahead of him and stayed on a ship.
Later, when his turn came, the rope broke and Father Ilia fell into the sea,”- Irakli remembers. Somebody threw a life preserver in the water but Father Ilia could not get to it because of the violent sea.
When his turn to be rescued finally came, the rope broke and he ended up in the sea, with rescuers failing to reach him. His body was later found near the coast of the city of Lecce. The backpack he carried and refused to part with turned out to be full of icons.
Eight Georgians were aboard the Norman Atlantic ferry on the Adriatic Sea. All of them except Father Ilia are alive and safe. Father Ilia was Head of the Mtskheta monastery.
More than 10 people died in this tragic incident.

Source:

http://www.georgianjournal.ge/society/29174-final-moments-of-georgian-priest-in-the-adriatic-sea-italian-media-about-father-ilia-kartozia.html

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