Rescuers Say All Passengers Now Off Burning Greek Ferry
Search-and-rescue efforts continued through Monday morning for more than a hundred passengers still stranded on a burning ferry in the Adriatic Sea.By Jay Strubberg | December 29, 2014
European air and naval crews continued search-and-rescue efforts overnight Sunday and into Monday morning for more than 100 passengers stranded on a burning ferry in the Adriatic Sea off the western coast of Greece.
As of early Monday morning, the Italian Navy announced it had evacuated all passengers with only the ship's commander and four Navy officials still on board. Rough seas and freezing conditions made rescue operations difficult. (Video via NBC / Marina Militare Italiana)
Greek Shipping Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis told reporters, "We're doing everything we can to save those on board. ... It is one of the most complicated rescue operations that we've ever done and for which the assistance of multiple forces is needed."