ATHENS – Hundreds of people were rescued on Friday from a burning ferry near the Greek island of Corfu, according to a spokesman for the Greek Coast Guard, who said two passengers were still trapped. in the train’s garage and at least 11 people were missing.
The Coast Guard said the fire broke out early Friday morning on the deck of the ship Euroferry Olympia, docked in the Italian port of Brindisi.
Four Coast Guard ships, along with Italian financial police ships, arrived to assist the ferry after its captain made an emergency call.
The ferry departed early Friday morning from the port of Igoumenitsa in northwestern Greece carrying 239 passengers and 51 crew members, as well as 153 commercial and 32 passenger vehicles.
Rescuers are trying to locate the missing passengers, including two who were trapped below deck, according to Nikolaos Alexiou, a Coast Guard spokesman. No deaths or serious injuries have been confirmed, although at least 10 people have been hospitalized, many of them having trouble breathing.
Officials said it was too early to say what caused the blaze, which is still burning about 12 hours after it started. Video released by the Greek Coast Guard shows flames and thick clouds of smoke enveloping the ferry, surrounded by ships spraying water with water cannons. A nearby train can be heard calling out “mayday”. in another video Posted by a Greek state broadcaster, ERT.
“We were in our cabin when the fire started around 4:30 a.m.,” said a Greek truck driver named Vangelis, in a phone interview with home television. water from the deck of the burning ferry as he waited to board. Rescue ships. He said the passengers were taken out of the fire and given life jackets.
Another man, also a Greek truck driver, who did not give his name, told a local news website that he heard an explosion shortly after the fire broke out, which he thinks Maybe it’s the truck tires.
Coast Guard ships and rescue helicopters scoured the area looking for survivors, while divers were called in to help.
Earlier in the day, television news showed passengers arriving at the main port of Corfu. A man wearing an oxygen mask is being loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher. The others, with dazed expressions, hugged blankets around themselves.
Gaia Pianigiani contribution report.
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