Italian navy says all passengers off stricken ferry Norman Atlantic

Survivors of the ferry Norman Atlantic gesture after arriving on board the ship Siprit of Piraeus in the harbor of Bari, southern Italy on Dec 29, 2014. Italy's navy said on Monday it had completed the evacuation of all passengers and most of th
Survivors of the ferry Norman Atlantic gesture after arriving on board the ship Siprit of Piraeus in the harbor of Bari, southern Italy on Dec 29, 2014. Italy's navy said on Monday it had completed the evacuation of all passengers and most of the crew from the blaze-hit Norman Atlantic. -- PHOTO: AFP

ROME (AFP) - Italy's navy said Monday it had completed the evacuation of all passengers and most of the crew from the blaze-hit ferry Norman Atlantic.

The ferry has been drifting in the Adriatic since catching fire in the early hours of Sunday. The navy said only a skeleton crew of nine men remained on board the vessel, which was due to be towed to port.