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Flat tyre hinders large-scale operation to repatriate cruise ship crews

A crew member from the Royal Caribbean ship Jewel of the Sea is pictured last May leaving the ship in the Port of Gibraltar. Over 300 crewmen were repatriated in that operation. Gibraltar has hosted numerous technical calls at a time when most ports were closed to cruise ships. Photo by Eyleen Gomez

A mammoth operation to repatriate over 300 crew members from two cruise ships docked in Gibraltar ran into problems on Monday after one of two British Airways planes chartered to ferry them from the Rock suffered a flat tyre. Some 154 crewmen had already boarded the aircraft when the problem was detected, leaving them as...

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