Survivor Present in Burning Ferry off Greek Island, 11 Lacking

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A survivor has been rescued Sunday morning from the strict of a nonetheless burning passenger ferry, Greece’s coast guard mentioned. There are 11 folks nonetheless lacking.

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A coast guard spokesman instructed The Related Press the person, a Belarussian, was discovered on the left rear facet of the Euroferry Olympia in apparently good situation.

“The truth that this man succeeded, regardless of antagonistic circumstances, to exit into the deck and alert the coast guard … provides us hope that there could also be different (survivors),” coast guard spokesman Nikos Alexiou instructed state broadcaster ERT.

The rescued survivor, a person in his 20s, is a driver of a truck with Lithuanian license plates. Different particulars about him weren’t accessible presently.

The survivor instructed his rescuers he had heard different voices beneath deck. Alexiou mentioned his understanding was that he hadn’t heard any simply earlier than making his approach onto the deck, however added that “the state of affairs is evolving.” The survivor has been taken to a hospital to be examined as a precaution.

The Italian-owned ferry, which was carrying greater than 290 passengers and crew, in addition to 153 vehicles and 32 vehicles, caught fireplace on Friday, three hours after it left the northwestern Greek port of Igoumenitsa, on the mainland, sure for Brindisi, Italy. The Greek coast guard and different boats evacuated about 280 folks to the close by island of Corfu. One in every of two passengers rescued Saturday wasn’t on the ship’s manifest and is, presumably, a migrant. The opposite individual rescued Saturday, a 65-year-old Bulgarian truck driver, had respiratory issues and has been hooked to a ventilator in a Corfu hospital intensive care unit.

The ferry has been towed to the port of Kassiopi, in northeastern Corfu, by three tugboats, authorities mentioned. Firefighters have been nonetheless battling the blaze, which, though confined in sure areas, reignites every so often, and thick smoke is hanging over the ship.

The intense temperatures in some components of the ship have impeded the rescuers, made up of the Greek fireplace service’s Catastrophe Administration Unit and a staff of rescuers from non-public operators, from looking out the entire ship. The ferry is barely itemizing from the tons of water poured into it, however authorities say it’s not in peril of capsizing.

A Greek prosecutor on the island of Corfu has ordered an investigation into the reason for the hearth. The Italy-based firm that operates the ferry mentioned the hearth began in a maintain the place autos have been parked.

The ship’s captain and two engineers have been arrested Friday, however have been launched the identical day, authorities mentioned.

Passengers described a dramatic rescue state of affairs.

“We heard the alarm. We thought it was some sort of drill. However we noticed via the portholes that folks have been operating,” truck driver Dimitris Karaolanidis instructed the AP Saturday. “You’ll be able to’t suppose one thing on the time (aside from) your loved ones … Once I hit the deck, I noticed smoke and kids. Fortuitously, they (the crew) acted rapidly.”

Officers mentioned the folks rescued included residents of Albania, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Italy, and Lithuania.

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