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Italian-flagged ferry with 466 people on board evacuated due to fire
Ferry fire: All passengers evacuated as deaths rise to seven
The evacuation of a ferry that caught fire off the coast of Greece has been completed and two more corpses have been found, bringing the death toll seven, Italy’s coastguard has said .
The ferry was sailing from Patros in western Greece to Ancona in Italy carrying 478 passengers and more than 200 vehicles when a fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday.
Italian and Greek helicopter crews have been airlifting passengers from the upper deck of the Norman Atlantic, which was chartered by Greek ferry operator Anek Lines, since Sunday afternoon.
Italy ferry fire: Rescued passengers describe violence and panic on board stricken vessel
Surviving passengers on board the ferry that caught fire on Sunday morning - from which seven died - described the “chaos” on board with some people reportedly trampling over and hitting each other to be the first in line for rescue.
All passengers and crew members, totalling nearly 480 people including six Britons, were taken to safety today when the car deck of the vessel caught fire off the coast of Corfu.
Several are being treated for hypothermia, some for mild carbon monoxide poisoning and one woman suffered a fractured pelvis, officials said. A man that had died and his injured wife were found in a lifeboat rescue chute while six others have been also confirmed dead by coastguard spokesman Nikos Lagadianos. Four of the bodies were found in the water around the ferry.
Greek truck driver Christos Perlis described the scene as “a chaos, a panic” after there was no crew in sight to direct the passengers after they had rushed out of their cabins when seeing them being filled with smoke. No fire alarms were reported to have been heard.