Fire-hit ferry arrives in Italy

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Published: Friday 2nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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The charred wreck of a Greek ferry has reached an Italian port after being towed across choppy Adriatic seas, and authorities are set to board to search for any more bodies from the fire that killed at least 11 people.

Tugboat company owner Giuseppe Barretta said port authorities in Brindisi were meeting to decide exactly where the Norman Atlantic should dock.

Firefighters and a prosecutor will then board the wreck to search for bodies and the cause of the blaze that broke out on Sunday.

The towing operation took nearly 17 hours.

Italy says 477 people were rescued, mostly by daring helicopter rescues that plucked survivors off the top deck one or two at a time in gale-force winds.

Published: Friday 2nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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