Euroferry Olympia: Four Greeks among the 14 missing – 278 passengers identified


According to the latest data from the port ship Euroferry Olympia that had departed from Igoumenitsa bound for Brindisi in Italy, 278 passengers managed to get into the lifeboats of the ship and arrive early in the morning in Corfu, where they were counted and identified. Fourteen are missing, among whom are the two caged with whom there has been communication. According to the latest information, 4 Greeks are among the missing, among them a woman with a Bulgarian passport.

Two people who have given signs of lifeare trapped in the ship’s garage.

One of the two trapped people, a driver, has been contacted with the authorities asking for helpand says “that one more person is here with me I see it” according to the source of the port.

Two ships with a cannon try to extinguish the fire that has broken out, for unknown reasons, on the ship

According to the official information from the Ministry of Shipping, 239 passengers and 51 crew members aboard the ship disembarked on adjacent ships and boats.

One of the passengers of the ship who presented with respiratory problems was transported to the hospital of Corfu.

Watch the shocking video with the ship engulfed in flames:

At this point are:

  • 4 patrol boats of the Coast Guard
  • A lifeboat of the Coast Guard
  • A boat of the Italian financial police
  • Two floating ships
  • Two private boats
  • A helicopter of the Coast Guard
  • Two Air Force helicopters
  • A Navy helicopter.

The frigate “Hydra”, which coordinates the operation, rushes to the spot. The Head of GEETHA monitors the operation from ETHKEPIX and is in constant communication with the units.

“All passengers will be transported to Corfu by ships rushing from the island to the point,” SKAI told 100.3. governor of the Ionian Islands Rodi Kratsa. The ship is located outside Ereikousa. Two boats of the port are already there, and two ships have left Igoumenitsa to transport the passengers.

According to the governor, the passenger who arrived in Corfu is said to have been slightly injured.

All the passengers are in good health and are in the lifeboats of the ship, while the process has begun to be omitted from them, he said speaking to SKAI and the show TODAY. Undersecretary of Shipping Costas Katsafados.

“The ship has been burning for two hours or more,” he told SKAI Mayor of North Corfu George Machimaris. “Everyone has been rescued, passengers and crew,” he said.

Witnesses spoke to SKAI about thick smoke on the ship that is visible from Corfu.

The quick reactions of the crew of the Euroferry Olympia ship that caught fire in the early morning northeast of the island of Ereikousa prevented the worst, according to a passenger testified to SKAI.

The history of fire

“In 15 minutes the fire “reached the open deck where we were,” said the passenger of the ship at our station.

“The crew was just perfect. Fast in his reaction and very organized. We were rescued by the crew. “Most of them are Italians,” he stressed.

“I am on the Italian port ship and we are probably going to Corfu. Only this ship came we are all in it. As far as I know we are all fine. “There was no one at sea,” he said.

“Afterwards we learned that the fire started in the garage, it is not certain. “It was spread by word of mouth.”

“They woke us up at 4.25 in the morning, an hour later the ship was evacuated. In 15 minutes the fire reached the open deck where we were … There are families and small children, but there was no panic. “As soon as we came out of the cabins on the open deck, the smoke was visible, we realized that something had caught fire, but we did not know the size,” he said characteristically.

Mr. Nasos explained that “we stayed in the boats for about an hour if I am not mistaken. The weather is very good, there was no sea, God helped us. Two boats got off, of 150 people each boat “.

According to his information epirus-tv the fire broke out on the 3rd deck in the area of ​​the open garage near Ereikousa 10-15 miles north of Corfu.

The official count is expected by the officers of the port corps, when all the rescued passengers of the ship are expected to be transferred to Corfu.

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