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2 Wisconsinites survive Italian cruise ship disaster

(WAOW) -- A Wisconsin man and woman survived the chaos onboard the Costa Concordia.

Mike Kajian of Oshkosh was 5 days into an 8-day Mediterranean cruise.

It happened just as Kajian and friends sat down to dinner.

Kajian says he quickly made his way back to his cabin to get a life jacket and coat, then boarded a lifeboat which took him to shore.

He says there was little, if any, training before they set sail to prepare passengers for what happened.

The mother of a Marinette County native says her daughter is okay after being evacuated from the stricken cruise ship.

Julie Zeitler of Coleman says her daughter, Jill, texted that she and her boyfriend were being evacuated, and called about 8 hours later to say they were okay.

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