7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

Indian waiter, 25 among missing

AN Indian restaurant waiter in Bahrain was among those missing in the boat tragedy last night. Abdul Wahab Abdul Latif, 25, was deployed on duty by the Century International Restaurant, which was catering for dinner on board the ill-fated vessel.

"We were asked to serve dinner on board for 130 people by Nass, Murray & Roberts, and our people laid out the dishes by 7pm," said Century managing director Anarat Ahmed.

"Abdul Wahab, who has been a waiter with us for six years, was sent to serve the food on board.

"My brother Anas called him on his mobile from the restaurant at about 9.30pm. While he was speaking, the line got disconnected and all his attempts to get him on line again failed."

Mr Ahmed said he was getting worried about the fate of Abdul Wahab, who returned from holiday at his home in Trivandrum, Kerala, only two months ago.

"Abdul Wahab was one of my best and very hard working employees ," he added.

Mr Ahmed said his restaurant was caterers to employees of Murray & Roberts who are involved in the construction of World Trade Centre at the Sheraton complex.

"We also used to cater for the same boat which takes tourists for night cruise," said Mr Ahmed.

"The boat leaves the Marina Club jetty around 7.30pm and returns by 11pm," he added.

Murray & Roberts safety officer Lalu Sajeendran said all of the company staff and their families are in a state of shock.

"The company had given invitation last week to all senior staff and their families to join for the dinner cruise," he told the GDN.

"I was also scheduled to go, but I was put on night duty at the last minute. Therefore, I am alive now, and I thank my God.

They include senior section manager Simon Hill from UK, safety officer Joseph Antony and senior civil engineer Sreedhar from India, British engineer Michael and safety manager Kevin.

W S Atkins consulting engineer Bayani is also among the survivors. Some of the sub contractors of the WTC project like Ahmed Mansoor Al A'ali, Emco and Al Abar were also invited.

"I understand that most of the survivors were on the upper deck when the vessel overturned," said Mr Sajeendran.

"Those on the ground level were having dinner at the time of the tragedy. I think the majority of the victims are Indians."

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