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Greece ferry fire: 12 passengers still missing after fire engulfs Euroferry Olympia ship


Twelve persons are still missing after a blaze swept via a ferry crusing from Greece to Italy early on Friday, Greek authorities mentioned on Saturday, as firefighters battled to manage the flames.

Plumes of smoke have been still pouring out of the Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia, footage on Greek state TV confirmed.

A complete of 241 passengers and 51 crew have been on board the when the blaze broke out on Friday, and rescue vessels have already moved most of them to the island of Corfu.

The Greek coastguard mentioned that 280 folks have been rescued however twelve folks have been still missing from the 183-meter (600-foot) ferry which caught fire close to the Corfu island en route from Igoumenitsa, a port in Western Greece, to the Italian port of Brindisi, a nine-hour journey.

The missing passengers have been from Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and Lithuania, the Greek coastguard mentioned.

“The fire is still burning and firefighting vessels have been trying to put it out,” Shipping Minister Giannis Plakiotakis informed Skai tv on Saturday.

A vessel approaches the burning ferry on February 18.

Aerial footage launched by the Greek coastguard on Friday confirmed rows of burnt vehicles on the blackened deck after flames swept via the ship, owned by Grimaldi Lines.

Late on Friday, Greek crews rescued two folks, a Bulgarian and an Afghan citizen, who was not on the official listing of missing folks. They have been taken to the hospital of Corfu, the corporate mentioned in an announcement.

Bulgaria’s international ministry mentioned 127 of its residents have been on board.

The Italian customs inspection vessel Monte Sperone carrying passengers evacuated from a ferry arrives at Corfu.

Most of these rescued are actually being accommodated in accommodations on Corfu.

“I have been coming and going for so many years, I have never experienced such a situation before,” 50-year-old Greek truck driver, Giorgos Parlatzas, who was evacuated from the ship, mentioned from a Corfu lodge.

The ferry was carrying 153 autos, Grimaldi Lines mentioned.

The explanation for the blaze is being investigated and authorities can have extra proof as soon as the ship is tugged to a protected place, Plakiotakis mentioned.



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