Greece resumes ‘difficult’ search on burning ferry as ten people still missing


Greek firefighters and coastguards have resumed the search for 10 people still missing from last week’s ferry fire that killed a truck driver.

The fire on the Italian-flagged, Euroferry Olympia, is burning for a fourth day.

“It is a very difficult operation,” a fire department spokeswoman told the AFP news agency on Monday.

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

Smoke rises from the Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia. Photo: AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris.

More than 40 firefighters and two helicopters are currently taking part in the search and rescue operation with tugboats, and coastguard vessels are on standby nearby.

A total of 281 people have already been rescued. They included two men who were airlifted by rescuers off the ferry and a third man who managed to free himself and reach the deck of the vessel after being trapped for more than two days.

The body of a 58-year-old Greek truck driver was recovered on Sunday, the first confirmed death in the accident.

Firefighters carry a body from the Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia. Photo: Hellenic Fire Service via AP.

Ten other truck drivers – seven Bulgarians, two Greeks and one Turk – remain unaccounted for.

Relatives of the missing passengers are waiting for news outside the port authority on the Greek island of Corfu.

The last fire on board a ship in the Adriatic occurred in December 2014 on the Italian ferry, Norman Atlantic, in which 13 people died.

Source: AlJazeera.




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