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201 Indians rescued from cruise ship

Captain’s ‘ERROR’ behind accident

The arrested captain of the 114,500-tonne Costa Concordia has been accused of manslaughter and abandoning his ship before its 4,200 passengers had been evacuated. An official said he appeared to have made "serious errors of judgment" and had brought the ship too close to shore where it struck a rock that tore a large hole in the hull.

2,300 tonnes of fuel on ship

The chairman and CEO of Costa Cruises said 2,300 tonnes of fuel was aboard the capsized cruise ship, but that no sign of leakage could be seen so far. Pier Luigi Foschi told a press conference cruise ships such as the Costa Concordia had "no safety problem"

Rome, January 16
One Indian is missing in a luxury cruiser drowning incident off the Tuscan coast in Italy while 201 crew members from the country have been rescued, officials said here today.

As efforts were on to trace the missing Indian, the Indian government set up control rooms both in New Delhi as well as here to facilitate information about the rescue.

Indian embassy officials here said while one Indian named Robello Russel Terence, who was a Waiter on the ill-fated Costa Concordia, was yet to be traced and efforts were on to verify other details about him, no casualty among the Indians has been reported so far.

The incident, which happened on Saturday, left six persons dead. The ship hit a reef or rock near the Tuscan island of Giglio, before it went down.

Visvesh Negi, a spokesman of the Indian embassy here, said "there were a total of 203 Indians on the ship - one passenger and 202 crew members". In Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs said it has set up control rooms to deal with enquiries about the Indians on board the ship. "Out of the 202 crew members, 201 have been traced and are safe. One person is missing. We are co-ordinating with the Italian Government and trying to trace the missing crew," Negi said. — PTI





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