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Italian ferry with 466 people aboard on fire

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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The Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry carrying about 470 people caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday.

One person died while attempting to escape a blazing ferry stranded in the Adriatic Sea, and another was injured.

The fire broke out on the car deck of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, traveling from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona, Italy, with 422 passengers and 56 crew members on board.

The victim and the injured person were being transported by Italian rescuers to Italy.

Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, battered by 55 mph winds that sent it up toward the strait between Italy and Albania.

Around 165 people had been helped to safety by 7 p.m. Greek time from the Norman Atlantic.

"We are making superhuman efforts in this extremely difficult operation,» Greek coast guard spokesman Nikos Lagkadianos said. «Operations by air will continue throughout the night."

The Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic had set sail from the Greek port of Patra and was travelling to Ancona in Italy, via Igoumenitsa in northwestern Greece. Authorities said that of the 478 people on board, 268 were Greek.

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