Fire-ravaged ferry arrives in Italy

2015-01-02 22:30
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Rome - The crippled ferry Norman Atlantic arrived in Brindisi, Italy, on Friday, five days after a fire on board led to the deaths of 13 people.

Investigators have said one of their first tasks will be to search the boat to determine if there are more victims inside.

Rescuers found 11 bodies from the ferry. Two Albanian seamen were killed while working to tow the ship.

The Italian Coast Guard said on Thursday that 477 people had been rescued since the ferry caught fire on Sunday in the Adriatic Sea.

But the number of missing was still unknown because it is unclear how many were on board the Norman Atlantic, an Italian-flagged vessel operated by Greece's ANEK Lines.

The number of people who boarded the ship in Greece en route to the northern Italian port of Ancona has ranged from 470 to 500.

Italian prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe said migrants may have been hidden inside the ship, and that some drivers had been sleeping in their vehicles for lack of cabin space. The fire is believed to have started in the car deck.

Volpe, who is heading the criminal probe, placed the captain and the chief of the company that built the Norman Atlantic under investigation for charges of negligent homicide, bodily injury and negligence leading to disaster.

His office said on Friday it was looking into charges against four other people, who worked either as crew members on the ferry or at the ANEK shipping company.


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