On Thursday 24th February, 2022 rescue crews have recovered a fourth body from the ropax EUROFERRY OLYMPIA that caught fire while sailing from Igoumenitsa, Greece to Brindisi, Italy last Friday 18th February.
The body was found in the ship third garage, Greek Authorities said, bringing the total number of unaccounted passengers to seven. Earlier authorities said they had recovered another body in the rescue operation. The man, whose identity could not be immediately confirmed, was among 10 passengers – all Bulgarian, Turkish and Greek citizens – listed as missing. 3 days ago of of the missing passengers has been found alive – The Belarusian truck driver, 21, used a ladder to climb down from the ship on to a tugboat. His first words were: “Tell me I’m alive.” The rescued man, who appeared to be in good health, told rescuers he had heard other voices below deck.
The cause of the blaze is still being investigated and the captain and two engineers were briefly detained to testify before being released. Small fires continued to burn inside the vessel on Sunday after she was towed to a secure area north of Corfu. The fires were making it difficult for rescuers to search some parts of the ship which are extremely hot. Hours later, firefighters found the first body of a missing passenger in a burnt-out lorry aboard the ship.
Tug boats towed the burning ropax slowly to the port of Astakos in western mainland Greece to continue the search of those missing.
Many of the passengers were truck owners or drivers transporting goods through Europe. At least 281 out of 292 passengers and crew have been rescued.
EUROFERRY OLYMPIA was officially carrying 239 passengers and 51 crew, according to the company. An Afghan national who was not registered as a passenger on the ship was also rescued. Dozens of people rescued from the ferry were taken to a hotel on Corfu. GRIMALDI stated that her last safety check was on Wednesday 16th February, 2022.
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Published – Thursday 24th February, 2022