Friday, February 18, 2022

Greece ferry: Two trapped as hundreds rescued off Corfu - BBC News

Italian and Greek boats rushed to evacuate 290 people on board a ferry that burst into flames near Corfu in the Ionian Sea early on Friday.

Rescuers were trying to reach two people trapped on the Euroferry Olympia. There were unconfirmed reports of at least 10 others unaccounted for.

The ferry had left Igoumenitsa in Greece for the Italian port of Brindisi when fire broke out on a car deck.

The captain told everyone to leave and the ferry was engulfed in flames.

The Greek coastguard said 239 passengers and 51 crew had been on the ferry, owned by Italian firm Grimaldi Lines.

Italian officials said 277 of those on board were brought to safety and a Corfu hospital said five of them were being given treatment. Two people were trapped in the hold and a Greek Super Puma helicopter was sent to the area in an attempt to airlift them off the ship.


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