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500 trapped on burning ferry

Posted by wlpo on December 28, 2014

Gale-force winds and choppy seas have trapped passengers on the top decks of a burning Italian ferry, hampering the evacuation of nearly 500 people. The ship caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday.

Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, with nearby merchant ships lining up to form a wall against the raging gusts. There are no reports of injuries or imminent danger of sinking.

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