A rescue ship pulls up alongside the lifeboat and extends a net so people can climb aboard. Florian passes Halinka up to the sailors, and then waits as the rest of the refugees make their way on the deck. Joana climbs up ahead of Florian, but her foot slips, and she accidentally knocks Florian into the water.
Florian selflessly makes sure that the people he cares about—Joana, Klaus, and Halinka—make it to safety before he begins to take care of himself. This is a marked shift from his behavior at the start of the novel.