Three days after the ill-fated cruise liner Costa Concordia sunk off the coast of Italy, rescuers continued the search for missing passengers, including Russell Rebello, the crew member from India.
Search operations resumed on Tuesday after being suspended a day earlier due to rough weather. ''The officials from the cruise liner said this morning that there is hope; rescue operations have started again after the weather improved," said Joydeep Singapuri, director of Air Borne Recruiting Pvt. Ltd. "We are in touch with the family of the Russell Rebello who is still missing and are giving them updates,'' he said. Rebello lives in Naigaon with his wife, three-and-half-year-old son and parents.
Costa Concordia was carrying more than 4,200 persons on board when it ran aground off the Tuscan coast of Italy on Friday. While most had a fortuitous escape, seven people were confirmed dead and at least 29 were reported missing when reports last came in.
"The one Indian who was missing is still untraceable. We have asked the Italian authorities to share details of the inquiry. Meanwhile, the embassy has begun its procedure to bring back the stranded nationals back," said director general of shipping, Satish Agnihotri.
Singapuri said that his agency had posted 151 of the 202 crew members onboard the ill-fated liner. Of these, all except Rebello were in Rome, he said. Procedures to issue the crew temporary passport and visa have been initiated, Singapuri added.