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Cruise disaster: Another batch of Indians arrive

The second batch of 130 Indians rescued from the Italian cruise ship `Costa Concordia`, returned home on Friday.

New Delhi: The second batch of 130 Indians
rescued from the Italian cruise ship `Costa Concordia`, which
hit a rock and sank off the Tuscan coast in Italy last week,
returned home on Friday.

"Of the 130, 29 arrived at New Delhi by two flights, 69
at Mumbai by three flights, five at Bangalore, six at Cochin,
16 at Chennai, three at Kolkata and one each at Kozikode and
Amritsar," G H Ratra, Protector of Emigrants at the Ministry
of Overseas Indian Affairs, said.

The largest of contingent of 50 rescued Indian crew
members arrived by a Turkish Airlines flight from Rome via
Istanbul at Mumbai while 19 others came by two Emirates
flights via Dubai from Rome, he added.

Yesterday, 63 Indians had returned home, with the first
batch of 12 people arriving here at IGI airport.
There were a total of 203 Indians on board the ill-fated
ship - one passenger and 202 crew members. Of them, 201
Indians were rescued and 31-year-old Robello Russel Terence
from Mumbai is missing. One of the rescued, whose wife is an
Italian national, has decided to stay back.

"Of the 29, who were flown to New Delhi`s Indira Gandhi
International airport here from Italy in an Emirates and Qatar
Airways flights via Dubai and Doha, nine left for Mumbai,
eight for Goa, one each to Patna, Bangalore, Gawahati,
Dehradun, by domestic flights, soon after their arrival," an
official said.


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