May 28, 2023

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Survivor identified in burning ferry off Greece, 11 even now lacking | Information

Rescuers are even now on the lookout for survivors just after a ferry boat caught hearth when sailing from Greece to Italy.

1 individual has been rescued from the stern of a ferry that has been burning for three days, Greece’s coastguard mentioned, as rescuers proceed to research for 11 other passengers who are nonetheless missing.

Talking to The Involved Push on Sunday, the coastguard claimed that the survivor, a Belarusian male, was identified on the still left rear side of the Euroferry Olympia in seemingly fantastic situation.

The news comes right after the Italian-owned ferry, which was carrying a lot more than 290 travellers and crew, as properly as 153 vans and 32 vehicles, caught hearth on Friday, a few hours right after it still left the northwestern Greek port of Igoumenitsa, on the mainland, bound for Brindisi, Italy.

About 280 persons have been evacuated to the nearby island of Corfu. Just one of two passengers rescued late on Saturday was not on the ship’s manifest and is presumed to be an asylum seeker – sparking fears that more undocumented passengers could also be missing.

The ship is getting bit by bit towed to the port of Kassiopi, in northeastern Corfu, by a few tugboats, authorities mentioned. Firefighters were being still battling the blaze, which, whilst confined in certain areas, reignites from time to time, and thick smoke is hanging over the ship.

The extreme temperatures in some pieces of the ship have impeded the rescuers – created up of the Greek fire service’s Catastrophe Administration Device and a workforce of rescuers from non-public operators – from browsing the complete ship. The ferry is a little bit listing from the tonnes of h2o that have poured into it, but authorities say it is not in danger of capsizing.

The Italian-owned ferry was carrying extra than 290 travellers and crew, 153 vans and 32 vehicles [Lazos Mantikos/AP]

A prosecutor on Corfu has ordered an investigation into the induce of the fireplace. The Italy-based organization that operates the ferry explained the fire begun in a keep where by cars had been parked.

The ship’s captain and two engineers ended up arrested on Friday, but were introduced the exact same day, authorities reported.

Travellers described a spectacular rescue scenario.

“We listened to the alarm. We assumed it was some type of drill. But we observed through the portholes that people ended up working,” truck driver Karaolanidis told the AP on Saturday.

“You simply cannot think some thing at the time (other than) your relatives … When I hit the deck, I noticed smoke and children. Luckily, they (the crew) acted quickly.”

Officers mentioned the persons rescued provided citizens of Albania, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Italy, and Lithuania.

‘Miserable’ ailments

The missing truckers reportedly slept in their autos due to the fact cabins on the vessel were being overcrowded.

Ilias Gerontidakis, the son of a missing Greek trucker, instructed the Proto Thema on the web newspaper the Olympia was “miserable from each and every place of view”.

“It had bed bugs, it was filthy, it had no stability methods,” he claimed as he waited at the port for news. “It experienced 150 lorries inside of. Ordinarily it must have 70 to 75 cabins, but it only has 50. They pressure us to sleep 4 people in a cabin”, he mentioned.

“My father, from what I was informed, slept in the truck.”

The very last shipboard hearth in the Adriatic transpired in December 2014 on the Italian ferry Norman Atlantic. 13 individuals died in that blaze.