Hundreds of folks have been rescued following a blaze erupted on a ferry sailing from Greece to Italy, in accordance to the Greek coast guard.

A whole of 288 folks have been reported to have been on board Euroferry Olympia, which was en route from Igoumenitsa to Brindisi, when the fire broke near Corfu in the Ionian Sea. The captain requested passengers and crew depart the ship as the ferry turned engulfed in smoke and flames.

Movie taken at the scene and shared by Greek general public broadcaster ERT exhibits the scale of the fireplace as it raged aboard Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia. Searchlights comb the place and a “mayday” warning blasts from speakers in the clip, which can be found underneath.

The coastline guard reviews that 237 passengers and 51 crew members ended up on board the ferry, which is operated by Grimaldi Traces, and at the very least a few coast guard vessels had been associated in the rescue procedure. Some passengers experienced been sleeping in their cars overnight.

“We ended up woken up all around 4.20am. In just an hour we experienced remaining the ship … We were saved by the crew, which acted speedy,” one particular of the passengers told Skai Tv set via phone.

Deputy Minister of Shipping and delivery Kostas Katasafados advised Skai Television set that all passengers and crew users have been rescued from the vessel and there are no injuries.

Nonetheless, the BBC reviews that not everyone was confirmed as getting boarded the lifeboats. Evacuees are currently being taken to Corfu, and officers there nevertheless waiting to carry out a total headcount, amid stories of a rescue operation getting place to absolutely free two men and women trapped on the automobile deck. Unconfirmed reports in Greek media say that 10 men and women are however missing.

The Greek Coastguard has unveiled helicopter footage of the ferry, which can be found beneath, as the fire ongoing to smoulder this morning. at?v=FQiD13uBQ1I

Whilst the bring about of the hearth is not nonetheless known, Grimaldi Lines spokesman Paul Kyprianou instructed Reuters that there have been indications it commenced from the ship’s keep.

“Damage is extreme due to the fact inspite of the attempts the crew was not able to extinguish the fire,” he mentioned.

In 2014, 10 individuals were being killed when the car ferry Norman Atlantic caught fire when sailing from Greece to Italy with 466 travellers and crew on board.

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