Death toll from Greece-Italy ferry blaze rises to two

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Rescue crews on Wednesday recovered a second body from a ferry that caught fire while sailing from Greece to Italy last week, Greek authorities said.

The man, whose identity could not be immediately confirmed, was among 10 passengers who had still been listed as missing.

The smouldering hulk of the Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia was towed to the mainland port of Astakos in western Greece on Wednesday to facilitate further search and rescue operations onboard.

READ MORE: Greece resumes ‘difficult’ search on burning ferry as ten people still missing.

The Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia was towed to the mainland port of Astakos.

A 64-strong team of firefighters have been sent to Astakos to help with the operation. Their first task is to remove some trucks for easier access in the search for the nine passengers still unaccounted for.

The ferry was carrying at least 292 passengers and crew when it caught fire on Friday, three hours after it left the northwestern Greek port of Igoumenitsa for Brindisi in Italy.

A total of 281 people were safely evacuated, while the body of a Greek man was discovered inside the ship on Sunday.

READ MORE: Greece reports first fatality after blaze on ferry, 10 still missing.

Source: Reuters.

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