My name is Chris Lombardo. I was born in Roanoke, Virginia and moved to Miami, Florida when I was 19. I love hiking, hunting and being outdoors. I was part of the maintenance crew on a container ship that traveled the world. We were based out of Miami, Florida. We picked up a delivery of containers from Miami, Florida to Rotterdam, Netherlands. It took us 9 days to get to the Netherlands. While we were at the port, we picked up an urgent shipment of military equipment leaving Rotterdam, Netherlands and going to Svetlojarsk, Chernarus. We’ve delivered military equipment before but this delivery was more urgent than any other delivery we’ve done. We left the port of Rotterdam and everything went well until we were in the Black Sea. There was a severe storm in the Black Sea like I’ve never seen before and it got worse as we approached Chernarus. We arrived in Chernarus waters in early July 2017. It was night and we were a few miles from Svetlojarsk port when our ship lost power. I was making my way through a hallway to the maintenance crew lounge with a flashlight when I heard what sounded like an explosion. I felt the ship shaking beneath my feet. I was panicking and thinking we were being boarded by pirates. A few minutes after the explosion, the backup generators kicked on and the maintenance manager called the captain to see if he knew what happened. He didn’t know what caused the outage. He speculated that we were carrying an explosive device in one of the military containers and it somehow triggered and blew up. The contents of the military containers were marked classified in the manifest so no one knew what we were carrying. I ran from the maintenance crew lounge to a lookout spot up high on the exterior of the bridge. I noticed the ship was split in half at the center of the ship and we were quickly sinking. I ran to the lifeboats and got on one and we got as far from the ship as we could. We were in such a panic that we forgot about the large waves and one of the waves tipped over our lifeboat. We couldn’t see in any direction because of the rain and the darkness. 8 people from my lifeboat went in pairs of 2 in each direction to see if they could find land. I went in the direction that felt like south and found land.