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Ferry Burns in Adriatic; Rough Seas Slows Rescue

By Clip Syndicate
A ferry carrying about 470 people caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, battered by 90 kilometer per hour (or 55 mph) winds that sent it up toward the strait between Italy and Albania. Italian Navy Captain Riccardo Rizzotto said that nearby, merchant ships lined up to form a barrier to protect the ferry and facilitate rescue.

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