Govt to help Indians on accident-hit cruiser
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 00:04
New Delhi: Government on Tuesday said it will provide all required assistance to the over 200 Indians who were travelling aboard the luxury cruiser that ran aground off the Tuscan coast in Italy.

"Whatever assistance is required, it will be provided to our people affected by the incident," Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai today said.

He said the Ambassador and the mission in Italy were assessing the assistance required by the affected Indians.

Indian embassy officials in Italy had 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.

Spokesman of the Indian Embassy in Rome, Visvesh Negi, had told agency that there were a total of 203 Indians on the ship -one passenger and 202 crew members.

"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.

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


First Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 00:04

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