Rescue efforts underway in Adriatic to save passengers of ferry on fire

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A rescue operation is underway in the Adriatic sea, where a passenger ferry is on fire.  At least one person died after a fire erupted on a ferry with hundreds of people on board off the coast of Greece.

The victim allegedly jumped off the burning ferry.  So far, 161 people have been rescued and 317 are still on board according to the Italian Navy, which is leading the search and rescue mission.

The vehicle-passenger ferry was carrying more than 400 passengers, 56 crew members and 222 vehicles when the fire broke out early Sunday morning. Thick clouds of smoke enveloped the vessel as rescuers awaited an opportunity to approach. At least eight ships were deployed, but heavy winds and freezing waters initially hindered their efforts.

The fire is believed to have started in the garage area shortly after the ship left Igoumenitsa, Greece, on Sunday morning. It was heading to Ancona, Italy.

 

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