Charred Greek Ferry Towed to Italy Overnight

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Charred Greek Ferry Towed to Italy Overnight

Rescue equipment is unloaded from a helicopter on board the Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. (Associated Press)

Brindisi:  The charred wreck of a Greek ferry has reached an Italian port after an overnight tow across choppy Adriatic seas, and the authorities will soon board to search for any more bodies from the blaze that killed at least 11 people.

Tugboat company owner Giuseppe Barretta told The Associated Press in Brindisi port that authorities were meeting today morning to see exactly where it 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. Towing began on Thursday afternoon and 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.





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