Everything happened very quickly, last Saturday: the Z19-Sonja from Zeebrugge capsized when the nets got stuck. Dirk and four other crew members found themselves fighting for their lives: Dirk managed to hang on to the capsized boat, and climb back via the nets to get into a life raft.
He and two colleagues were picked up by a cruiseship later on, but two other colleagues perished. Their bodies were found later on Sunday.
The accident and the fight to stay alive made a deep impression on him, but what is going through his mind the most is the loss of a couple of colleagues, including Roger: "He is a man who I always admired, ever since I was a child. This is an enormous loss, I can't describe it. This is an emotional blow."