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Turkish national among missing in fire outbreak on the ferry

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ANKARA: A Turkish national is also among at least 11 people missing after a fire broke out on an Italian-flagged ferry in the Ionian Sea on Friday.

“We are in contact with the Greek Coast Guard, the hospital, and the Greek Police to determine his fate. I hope he is well,” said Türkiye’s Consul General in Athens, Mustafa Somuncu.

The predawn fire broke out on the Italy-flagged Euroferry Olympia shortly after it left the port of Igoumenitsa in northwest Greece. 

Temporary passports will be issued to nationals whose passports are missing and all citizens will be transferred to Istanbul, Somuncu added.

Another 278 people had been rescued and transported to Corfu Island, according to the latest information from the coast guard.

Several coast guard vessels and firefighting boats are currently engaged in the rescue operation.

The Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia set off from Greece’s western port of Igoumenitsa, heading to the Italian port of Brindisi, a journey of about nine hours.

The fire, the cause of which is yet to be ascertained, erupted near the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea.

Hundreds of people have been rescued from a ferry that caught fire between Greece and Italy, with 288 people on board.

According to Greek authorities, the Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia had sailed from Igoumenitsa, the largest port in western Greece, and was headed to the Italian port of Brindisi. The fire broke out near the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea.

The secretary of state for the Merchant Navy, Kostas Katsafados told a Greek radio station, Skai on Friday that all passengers were safe and on rescue boats.

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