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12 missing after fire ravages ferry off Greece

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fire ravages ferry off Greece
Two people are trapped on a ferry that was engulfed in a blaze as it sailed between Greece and Italy in the early hours of Friday, the Greek coastguard said, after scores of other passengers and crew members were rescued.

The coastguard said in total 239 passengers and 51 crew members had been on board the Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia and most of them had boarded rescue vessels transferring them to the port of the island of Corfu where ambulances were waiting.

“We were woken up around 4:20 a.m. Within an hour we had left the ship. We were saved by the crew, which acted fast,” one of the passengers told via telephone.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or severe injuries. One person with breathing problems had been taken to the hospital, according to local health authorities.

Greek media reported that at least 12 were feared missing. Authorities could not confirm the information, saying the operation was ongoing. Hours after the alarm was raised, the ship was still ablaze.
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