Family sent body of wrong tsunami victim

29th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Disaster Identification (RIT) team sent home the wrong body from Thailand to the family of a Dutch victim killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami, it has been revealed.

29 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Disaster Identification (RIT) team sent home the wrong body  from Thailand to the family of a Dutch victim killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami, it has been revealed.

The error was blamed on a mix up with identification numbers so that two bodies were swapped. The error was noticed when the body arrived in the Netherlands and was rectified within a day and a half.

The chief of the RIT team told television programme Nova that the incident was the "low point" of the team's work in Thailand, news service NOS reported.

Most of the RIT team returned from the Indian Ocean disaster area to the Netherlands on Saturday, having examined 4,000 bodies. About a 1,000 bodies, including 27 Dutch nationals, were identified.

There are about 10 Dutch nationals still listed as missing, presumed dead. A further five are listed as difficult to trace and are feared to have been in the disaster region when the tsunami hit on 26 December last year.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

 

 

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