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Monday, 14 October, 2002, 13:27 GMT 14:27 UK
British tourists recount bomb carnage
Melanie Cohen (centre), 30, is met by relatives
Bomb survivors arrive back in the UK
Dozens of British tourists were caught up in the nightclub bombing which has killed at least 188 people in Bali.

There are believed to be 33 Britons dead following the car bomb attack on Saturday night.

At Gatwick, there were emotional scenes when a flight returned from Bali via Bangkok.

Many of the 350 passengers on board - their holidays cut short - burst into tears when they saw their waiting relatives.


I just ran across the top of all the iron, and there was burning bamboo and burning straw

James Woodley
But Ian Findlay's family in County Durham is still waiting for news on his whereabouts.

The 55-year-old, who was due to return home on Sunday night, is still missing.

His brother Brian said: "We cannot do anything, we are just waiting for a phone call now."

Britons who witnessed the carnage have described the horrific scenes.

'Incredible heat'

Backpacker James Woodley was on the dance floor of the Sari Club when the explosion happened, causing him a head wound.

He said: "I heard what I thought was a gunshot outside, I saw people running.

"And the next thing there was just the most incredible explosion and the whole place had collapsed.

Bomb scene
A tourist surveys the wreckage
"I was lying on the floor. I somehow saw a gap, above where I was lying, and I just managed to crawl through a hole."

Mr Woodley said there were flames everywhere.

He said: "It was incredible, incredible heat. And I just ran across the top of all the iron, and there was burning bamboo and burning straw."

Paul Lawrenson, from Wiltshire, suffered arm and leg injuries.

Speaking to BBC News from his hospital bed in Bali, Mr Lawrenson said: "The bar I was in just blew up.

"All I could see was just red and orange, and there was this horrendous buzzing noise in my head. And I was just surrounded by wreckage."

'Lucky escape'

Ahmad Zabadne, 24, from north London, fears he may permanently lose some of his hearing after suffering a perforated eardrum in the blast.

He said: "We were extremely lucky. If we had been further into the bar or further out, we would have been caught in it."

Kerry O'Shaughnessy at Gatwick Airport
Returning tourists are thrust into the spotlight
Daniel Edmenson, a carpenter from Buckingham, said: "On the beach there were hundreds and hundreds of Western people. It was mayhem.

"Basically there were people walking on the beach shouting for their friends, it was madness. They were just distraught."

The relatives of Marc Gajardo have already been told the worst possible news.

The 30-year-old mechanic from Cornwall, who was living in Australia, is the only dead Briton who has been named by the Foreign Office.

The 24 hour telephone number set up by the British Consulate in Bali for people anxious about relatives or friends in Kuta is 00 62 361 270 572.

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Robert Hall reports
speaks to survivors and the family of the first Briton known to have died in the blast
Kerry O'Shaughnessy and Andy Swann from Exeter
"Once the debris had finished falling we got out quite quickly"

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