Sunday, June 14, 2020

Stuck on ship for three months, Indian crew to leave today

Mumbai: Indian High Commission in London approved a request of around 650 Indian crew, stuck on board Marella Explorer, a cruise ship in Southampton, for three months, to return to India. TOI had highlighted their plight ( Indian crew stuck on ship in UK for 3 months seeks help) on Saturday.

The crew will leave from Gatwick airport in London on Sunday by two chartered flights, to Goa and Mumbai. The flight to Goa with 280 crew will leave at 2.15pm local time, while the one to Mumbai will leave with 259 at 5.15pm local time.

The crew, which had appealed to Indian government to repatriate them, had held placards that read 'Frustrated and depressed'.

"Our ship captain announced this afternoon that our chartered flights to Mumbai and Goa have been confirmed. I thank Maharashtra chief minster Uddhav Thackeray, my cousin and Mumbai Cricket Association's apex council member Ajinkya Naik and Nalasopara MLA Kshitji Thakur for making extra efforts to get us back. We owe a big thank you to external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar too," Rajesh Gawde told TOI on Saturday.
14/06/20 Gaurav Gupta/Times of India
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