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FAMILY HIT BY SECOND SEA SCARE.

Byline: Catherine Lillington

A BIRMINGHAM mum who went through the agonies of not knowing whether her son had survived the Costa Concordia disaster is now waiting nervously again to see her daughter who is stuck on another stricken cruise liner.

Becky Thomas is with around 1,000 passengers and crew on the Costa Allegra, which was left adrift in the Indian Ocean following an on board fire.

Brother James, 19, survived the Costa Concordia disaster.

The Allegra is now being towed towards land but is FIGHTER: Jayne not due to reach the Seychelles until tomorrow, officials said.

Photos released yesterday showed hundreds of people milling on the ship's outside decks, and officials said passengers would sleep there instead of in their unlit cabins. Becky's mum Jayne, from Streetly, said: "I can imagine, if the ship's going to be repaired, she's a fighter and she'll stay on and finish her contract."

There were no toilets working and no hot food but some fresh supplies of water and batteries had been flown on board, Jayne said. "I'm sure she'll be fine," she added.

and James "She is a very strong and very happy person. She'll be worrying about me, worrying about her."

Jayne said Becky joined the Allegra last May and was due to stay on until July.

The liner was making its way back to Europe, having spent three months in the Indian Ocean, when the fire broke out 260 miles from the Seychelles coast.

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ON BOARD: Becky Thomas FIGHTER: Jayne and James ON TOW: The Costa Allegra (left) being helped back to port by French vessel The Trevignon
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 29, 2012
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