MANAMA: His Majesty King Hamad yesterday received a telephone call from Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaiziz Al Saud offering condolences on the deaths in the dhow tragedy and wishing speedy recovery for those injured.
His Majesty also received condolence messages from King Juan Carlos of Spain and Chinese President Hu Jintao.
A similar message was received by Deputy Premier and Transportation Minister Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa from Chinese Minister of Communications Li Shenglin.
Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa received a telephone call from Kuwaiti Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Shaikh Mohammed Sabah Al Salem during which he offered condolences on the deaths.
Probe panel meets
MANAMA: The committee set up on the order of Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa to investigate the dhow disaster held its first meeting last night. The meeting, chaired by Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, discussed its work plan and duties. It will be responsible for finding out the cause of the accident as well as the dhow's legal status and its condition before it sailed. The committee will also review the effectiveness of current legislation to ensure security and safety in addition to procedures dealing with disaster.
The meeting set up work teams comprising to top officials, specialists and experts to carry out various duties within a specific time period. "The committee will conduct the investigation in a transparent manner to cover all technical and administrative aspects related to the accident and present a report to the Premier comprising its activities, findings and recommendations."
MANAMA: Children of Indian parents who died in the dhow disaster were being comforted by family and friends after hearing about the devastating news. Indian School students Natasha, 17, and nine-year-old Nathan are now in the care of their uncle Jude Vyland, 37, and his wife Shaila, 35, after their parents Clarence Vyland, 48, and Mary Ann, 45, died in the accident. Clarence works for J A Al Zayani's auto division and has been in Bahrain for about 19 years.
Tragic roll call
MANAMA: Following is a list of those amongst the dead gathered from sources late last night. Some names are missing:
Jimmy Allen (South African); Allan Jeppe (South African); Ammanulah Ahmaddin, wife Farzina and daughter Hina (Pakistani); David Evans (British); Cathy Judd (South African); Derek James Cunningham (Irish); Christopher Braysher (British/South African); Christopher Langham (British); Carl Andrew Ottewell (British); Lawrence Sulman (British/South African); William Patrick Nolan (British); Arby Mathew (Indian); Sinu Arby (Indian); Basant Kumar (Indian); Andrew Debrunner (British); Foong Szechen (Singaporean); Sayed Farooq Sayed Ahmed (Indian); Scott Belch (German); Uday Raj (Indian); Michael Parker Partize (South African); Lucinda Brayet (British); Alok Kumar Verma (Indian); Hassnien (Indian); Sikhil Babu (Indian); Edwin Philip Batacan (Filipino); Norman De Leon Belardo (Filipino); Adul Latif Abdul Wahab (Indian); Saravana Kumar Murugesan (Indian); Stephen Grady (British); LimSing Wee (Singaporean); Nagabushan Pillai and wife (Indian); Philip Moody (British); Furqan Ali Mehaban Ali (Pakistani); Chennlappan Thirugnnan (Indian); Santosh Chakra Puthenpura (Indian); Kutiyil Mohammed Majeed (Indian); Saurab Suhas Thorar (Indian); Muthukumar Murugan (Indian); Jason James Brett (British); Orathai Cunningham (Thai); Narumon Palawat (Thai); Somporn Ornsa-Ard (Thai); Abdul Latif Abdul Wahab (Indian); Sinu Arby (Indian); Clarence Vyland and wife Marianne (Indian); Queenie
Nationality Survivors Dead
Indian 30 21
British 9 13
South Africa 8 5
Singapore 2 4
Philippines 5 5
Pakistan 1 4
Sri Lanka 1
Thailand 1 2
South Korea 1
Total 67 57