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Families Anxiously Await Homecoming of USS Cole Attack Survivors

Aired November 3, 2000 - 1:08 p.m. ET

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

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Friends and loved ones have crowded near the terminal building in Norfolk, Virginia, at this hour, to welcome more than 200 of their family members from the USS Cole back home. It's been three weeks since the Cole was bombed in Yemen, and for crew members returning to Cole's home base today, it's a very emotional reunion that's about to take place.

Here's CNN's Gary Tuchman in Norfolk -- Gary.

GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Lou, we're about to view a very happy homecoming. Just two minutes ago, a chartered DC-10 pulled in behind me here at the Norfolk Naval Station; aboard 216 sailors and officers from the stricken USS Cole.

Right now, sailors from the Norfolk base are going aboard the plane to greet their comrades aboard the plane. They are bringing provisions aboard. Immigration officials will go on board.

And within the next few minutes, we expect all 216 to walk off the plane. They will be greeted by hundreds of family members anxiously awaiting them, very excited.

We'll be back live when it happens -- Lou.

WATERS: All right, Gary, we'll check in with you when that begins unfolding there in Norfolk.

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