Sunday, 28 December 2014

Passengers Plead To Be Saved From Burning Ferry

Passengers trapped on a ferry which is on fire during bad weather in the Adriatic Sea have been using mobile phones to plead for help.

Several called Greek TV stations in desperation as they huddled on the top decks of the Norman Atlantic while the ship was battered by gales.

More than 400 passengers were on board the ship when it caught fire just after 6am local time about 40 miles north of Corfu, close to the Albanian city of Vlora, while travelling from Patras, Greece, to Ancona in Italy.

About 150 passengers have been able to get off, but about 120 of those are thought to still be stranded at sea in life boats

Italian, Greek and Albanian authorities are taking part in the operation to rescue the passengers, which is being conducted in difficult conditions with strong winds.

Several planes and helicopters are being used to aid with the operation.

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