The sea is full of corpses. Florian tires to rescue a girl in the water, to the protestations of a woman in the boat who worries he’ll capsize it. He pulls the girl in anyway.
Florian slumps down next to Joana and Klaus. He thinks, “Fate is a hunter. Its barrel pressed against my forehead.”
Throughout the novel, Florian has repeated the phrase “fate is a hunter.” He believed he was somehow cursed, and the sinking of the ship has only confirmed this.