Hundreds of people’s lives were rescued from the ferry caught in fire a day ago near Corfu. Unfortunately, the number of victims roused to 10 persons. Even though the number of the victims was officially announced earlier to be 5 persons, it appears their number is increasing every hour. The 33 hours rescue operation led by Italian authorities and followed by Greek and Albanian ones is continuing.
Among the rescued passengers were also 22 Albanian citizens. On 14:50 the rescue operation finished, as the last to abandon the ferry was the Capitan Argilio Giacomazzi, who confirmed that there were no more passengers left to the ferry.
The first to lose his life was the Greek citizen Jorgos Dulis, as he was trying to leave the ferry, while other bodies have been found in the sea. Meanwhile, the media in Greece and Italy have announced 38 persons to have disappeared. This figure renders this tragedy even more difficult for the families of passengers of the ferry.
478 people were found on the ferry board, of whom 268 were Greek nationals, over 100 were Italian nationals and 25 were Albanian citizens, while, 54 persons were part of the ferry crew. The first ship with 49 rescued passengers arrived in Bari port early morning of Monday.
Earlier, the Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinottti confirmed on a press conference that the number of the victims has reached to 10 people. The identity of the victims is still unknown, while media report tens of people to have disappeared and the hopes for them to be alive are very few.
The majority of the passengers rescued have been transported to nearby ships, whereas the people being in a poor health conditions have been sent to the hospital, among the passengers being treated of hypothermia are three children and a pregnant woman.
It is still unknown what caused the fire, but according to some information sources, it appears the fire has broken out on the part of the ferry the vehicles were carried. “Norman Atlantic” was travelling from Patras, Greece to Ancona in Italy. The majority of the passengers were Greek and Italians, but also 33 Albanians, of whom 11 were holding two citizenships.
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