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

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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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