ITALIAN FERRY ON FIRE...

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ITALIAN FERRY ON FIRE...

Post by catkins » Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:41 am

http://news.sky.com/story/1398669/score ... lian-ferry

Scores of people are said to be trapped on a ferry which is on fire during bad weather in the Adriatic Sea, according to officials.

More than 400 passengers were on board the Norman Atlantic and the Greek and Italian authorities are attempting to carry out an emergency evacuation.

The ship 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.

Albanian authorities are also taking part in the operation, which is being conducted in difficult conditions with strong winds.

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

The Greek authorities told Sky News producer Anthee Carassava that explosions are still being heard on board the ship.

Dozens of cars and lorries are on the vessel's vehicle deck, with several olive oil containers believed to be among them.

One passenger told Greek TV: "They tried to lower some boats, but not all of us could get in.

A grab from Vessel Finder website showing the location of Norman Atlantic
An image from the website Vessel Finder showing ships in the area

"There is no coordination. It's dark, the bottom of the vessel is on fire.

"We are on the bridge, we can see a boat approaching... we opened some boxes and got some life vests, we are trying to save ourselves."

One told the MEGA TV channel: "We could see fire everywhere. The flames were coming from the garage, cabins..."

Another, quoted by The Daily, appealed for help saying: "We urgently need help. We cannot leave the ship. There are boats but we are trapped."

The ship was 44 nautical miles northwest of the island of Corfu when it sent a distress signal after a fire started in the lower deck. Greek coast guard officials said .

The evacuation of the ferry is taking place in difficult conditions, with gale-force winds lashing the vessel.

Around 150 people managed to make it into life boats but only 30 are thought to have been transferred on to another vessel.

Newspapers said priority has been given to women and children.

The Greek Daily newspaper says a number of passengers are still trapped on the upper decks.

According to the Athens newspaper Typos, there are seven ships in the area, with the Spirit of Piraeus taking on passengers.

The crew have been telling the media the fire is under control.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Twitter he is talking to his Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras about the rescue effort.

The website says the ship is operated by the Anek line, on a route which in the summer is popular with tourists heading to the southern Greek mainland.

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Re: ITALIAN FERRY ON FIRE...

Post by Mobyra » Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:44 pm

Jesus Christ, is there no end to the tragedies this year? Poor people...

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Re: ITALIAN FERRY ON FIRE...

Post by Hael » Wed Dec 31, 2014 7:08 pm

Bad weather keeps rescuers from towing burned ferry to Italy

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Paolo Santalucia, The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014 10:39AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 31, 2014 12:26PM EST

BRINDISI, Italy -- Stormy weather in the Adriatic Sea thwarted efforts Wednesday to tow a fire-ravaged ferry to Italy so authorities can investigate the blaze that killed at least 11 people and search the ferry for more possible dead.
Ninety-eight people were still unaccounted for Wednesday after a pre-dawn fire raced through the Norman Atlantic ferry on Sunday, Bari prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe was quoted as saying by the ANSA news agency.
It's not clear if those people ever boarded the ferry -- which left Greece on Saturday bound for Italy -- if they were rescued, or if they died in the fire or the sea. Hundreds were rescued but the exact number of ferry survivors is still not known.

Volpe said he hoped that Greek authorities would be able to say that many of those unaccounted for had arrived on various vessels in Greece.
He also told Sky TG24 TV it was important to have the ferry towed to Italy "to see if there are bodies aboard...to ascertain what caused the fire and to see if safety measures were respected."
Volpe said until the wreck was examined, he couldn't venture a possible cause for the blaze.
The Italian captain of the Italian-made ferry, which was operated by a Greek company, was questioned in the southern port of Bari by prosecutors for more than five hours Wednesday. Since a probe is underway, Volpe would not give any details about the questioning.
Nearly 40 survivors finally stepped ashore Wednesday in the Italian port of Taranto, brought by one of the cargo ships that rescued passengers from the flaming, smoke-shrouded ferry in the first hours of the maritime disaster. The blaze on the ferry's car deck sent people scrambling for their lives in the freezing cold, pelted by rain and buffeted by gale-force winds on the uncovered top deck.
Amateur video made by two Turkish passengers who spent two days aboard the ferry showed clouds of black smoke belched up by the fire and bursts of flame as survivors lined up to be rescued by helicopters.
In the video, obtained by The Associated Press, Italian rescue helicopters hoisted survivors one by one via cords or inside wire baskets. Passengers in orange lifejackets and makeshift hats shifted their feet and shoved their hands in their pockets, trying to keep warm.
Snow fell Wednesday in usually temperate southern Italy, and winds whipping up to 70 kph made for rough seas as tugboat crew tried to secure the wreck.
"The shipwreck that we are towing is not anchored, and so it tends to move," said Giusieppe Barretta, owner of the tug company. He estimated once the ferry is secured, the tow to Italy could take up to 12 hours.
The Norman Atlantic was closer to Albania's shore than Italy's and leaning slightly to the right, Barretta said. Smoke was still pouring out, probably from burning cars and tires inside, he said.

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Post by Truthiness2 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 7:53 pm

Ninety-eight people were still unaccounted for Wednesday
As in today? :s_omg
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Re: ITALIAN FERRY ON FIRE...

Post by Hael » Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:03 pm

Truthiness2 wrote:
Ninety-eight people were still unaccounted for Wednesday
As in today? :s_omg
There's a big argument going on, because they didn't or weren't able to keep an accurate passenger manifest.
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Re: ITALIAN FERRY ON FIRE...

Post by Truthiness2 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:37 pm

I hope to god they're totally wrong and it's zero :s_omg
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