(LONDON) — A woman whose daughter worked on Costa Cruise Lines’ stricken Allegra also had a son survive the Costa Concordia wreck earlier this month. It’s all “an unlucky coincidence,” she said Tuesday.
“These things in life happen,” Jayne Thomas of England told the BBC. “It’s just a situation in life that you have to deal with. They’ve gone on luxury cruise liners. They could have gone on an airplane and there could have been a disaster.”
Her daughter Rebecca Thomas, 19, is a dancer on board the Allegra, which became adrift Monday in the Indian Ocean after a fire in the engine room rendered the ship powerless. It’s now being towed — along with its more than 1,000 passengers and crew — and is expected to reach the Seychelles on Thursday.
Her son James Thomas, 23, was a dancer on the Concordia in January that hit rocks off the Italian island of Giglio and capsized. Twenty-five people were killed in that wreck and 11 are still missing and presumed dead.
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