A massive fire broke out on a ferry sailing from Greece to the Italian port of Brindisi with 288 people on board. Image showing flames engulfing a ship in the Ionian Sea
The Greek coast guard said a fire broke out on a ferry from Greece to Italy on Friday with 288 people on board.
The Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia departed Igoumenitsa, the largest port in western Greece, and arrived at the Italian port of Brindisi, about 9 hours away.
The fireThe cause was not immediately known, broke out near the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea.
A video posted on Greek news website Proto Thema shows a ferry engulfed in flames and huge plumes of smoke. “May Day” was broadcast from the speakers.
The coast guard said there were 237 passengers and 51 crew members on board, and at least three coast guard vessels were involved in the rescue operation.
The passengers and crew, who had been evacuated on a lifeboat, were being taken to Corfu, authorities said. Weather Conditions in the area are mild.
Local sources believe the fire started where vehicles were being held on board the ferry during the crossing and that it may have started in a truck.
Deputy Transport Minister Kostas Katasafados told Skai TV that all passengers and crew members were rescued from the ship and no one was injured.
Ionian Islands Governor Rodi Kratsa said Corfu is preparing to pick up the passengers and she has also confirmed that all passengers are safe.
Port authorities in Greece say that five Greek ships Coast Guard was sent to where the ship was on fire and other boats in the vicinity also joined in the ferry’s mass evacuation.
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