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Navy Cares for Wounded From U.S.S. Cole

Aired October 13, 2000 - 2:04 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: A short time ago, the dead and wounded from the U.S.S. Cole began arriving at a U.S. military facility in Germany.

CNN's Chris Burns is at Ramstein Airbase, he joins us now by telephone -- Chris.

CHRIS BURNS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Natalie, it was a rather solemn ceremony here at Ramstein Airbase for the five of the seven bodies who have been recovered from the blast. Five of the bodies brought aboard a C-17 transport plane from Bahrain. And the base stood at attention as each body was taken off in their caskets and loaded aboard a hearse. The five hearses would go on to Landstuhl medical center -- U.S. hospital nearby where they will be kept overnight before they are taken on -- flown back to the states; they're expected to be flown back tomorrow.

Later -- a few hours later from now, is to arrive the first of two C-9 Nightingales, it's a plane -- a converted DC-9, basically, that is a flying ambulance. It will be taking, altogether some 20 of the injured back here to Ramstein and also taken over to Landstuhl Medical Center where they will be cared for. In some cases, if it's most likely to further stabilize some of the injured so that they can make the trip back to the states once they're at that point -- Natalie.

ALLEN: Chris Burns in Germany; thank you, Chris.

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