x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Brother of missing Indian waiter watches cruise wreck search off Italy

Kevin Rebello, whose family in Mumbai was waiting for news of Russel, 33, said he could not believe that the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, had been released while an investigation continues.

Rescuers resume their search on the stricken Costa Concordia. Officials said it is now a 'race against time' to continue their search ahead of worsening weather off the Italian coast.
Rescuers resume their search on the stricken Costa Concordia. Officials said it is now a 'race against time' to continue their search ahead of worsening weather off the Italian coast.

GIGLIO ISLAND, ITALY // The brother of an Indian waiter missing after a cruise ship hit rocks off the coast of Italy last week travelled to Giglio Island yesterday to watch rescuers as they searched.

Kevin Rebello, whose family in Mumbai was waiting for news of Russel, 33, said he could not believe that the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, had been released while an investigation continues.

"If it had happened in another country, he would not be home now sipping coffee with his mum, he would be in prison," Mr Rebello said. "It's not Disneyland. You're playing with people's lives.

"My brother stayed to help others ... it should have been the captain who left the ship last. The fact he left early is something I just cannot get over. I'm very angry."

There were 203 people from India on the ship when it went down. All but Russel Rebello have been rescued.

Divers resumed the search yesterday for 21 people still missing, but rough seas forecast for later in the day added an element of uncertainty to the operation and plans to begin pumping fuel from the stranded vessel.

* Agence France-Presse with additional reporting by Associated Press