Divers Find Human Remains during Concordia Salvage Operation
Human remains have been found by police divers during the raising of the Costa Concordia. Two people have been unaccounted for since the night the ship capsized and sank off Giglio island 20 months ago, killing 30 other people. The 951 ft vessel has been raised upright in a major salvage operation. Italian officials said DNA tests were required but told Reuters that the remains were "absolutely consistent" with the two missing people, Indian waiter Russel Rebello and Italian passenger Maria Grazia Trecarichi. The families of the two missing people, who had travelled to the island, have been informed. The Concordia's captain, Francesco Schettino, is on trial for alleged manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship during a confused and delayed evacuation. Source: Travel Mole
It’s the job runners have been training for all their lives, Westin Hotels & Resorts has announced that Christopher Heuisler, a veteran runner who has competed in 25 marathons in 20 states, was chosen as the winner of its nationwide search for the first-ever RunWESTIN Concierge. Earlier this year Westin launched a search for an experienced, passionate runner to join them on the road and serve as the on-site running expert for Westin VIPs participating in select Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series events. Christopher beat more than 1,000 applicants to the finish line for the dream job after a month-long selection process that vetted final candidates through a series of application reviews and in-person interviews. Apart from his duties as an on-site coach for runners, Christopher will engage with Westin guests via social media, offering nutrition and training tips, setting race goals and providing inspiration for novices and veterans alike. Christopher will be connecting with guests across a variety of social platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. Source: Press release.
'Amphibious' Tours Suspended after Fire on Thames
London Duck Tours has stopped operating on the Thames after passengers had to be rescued from a fire on board its tourist boat. 30 passengers and crew, including tourists from the UK, Brazil, Russia, Australia and Sweden, jumped into the River Thames near the Houses of Parliament after the boat, which can operate on land and water, caught fire. The people from the London Duck Tours craft were rescued by police, the fire brigade and a passing tourist boat. The operator confirmed it has stopped the tours on the river until the cause of the fire has been established. John Bigos, managing director of London Duck Tours, said in a statement on the company website: "London Duck Tours operates to the highest safety standards, and at this early stage it is not possible to speculate on the reason for the incident. "Until the cause is established, the company will not be operating on the river and should technical or safety modifications be required to our fleet, these will be introduced prior to the service recommencing”. Source: Travel Mole