Third body found on fire-hit Greece ferry

The ferry 'Euroferry Olympia' arrives at the port of Platygiali in Greece, on Feb 23, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

ATHENS (AFP) - Greece's coastguard on Thursday (Feb 24) said it had found a third body aboard an Italian-flagged ferry that caught fire last week, and was still looking for eight missing people.

The blaze ripped through the Euroferry Olympia on Friday near the Greek island of Corfu after it left Greece's Igoumenitsa port for the Italian city of Brindisi.

Most of the passengers were swiftly evacuated within an hour, but a number of truck drivers were unaccounted for.

Firefighters recovered the body of a 58-year-old Greek lorry driver on Sunday.

A second body was found in the ferry's garage on Wednesday evening, after the ship was towed to the port of Astakos on Greece's west coast to allow rescue operations to continue more safely.

The two latest victims have yet to be identified.

Images from public broadcaster ERT showed the charred remains of burnt-out vehicles in the ferry's hold.

Three truck drivers - a Belarussian, a Bulgarian and a Romanian - remain in hospital in Corfu with breathing difficulties after being rescued from the stricken ferry.

Among the 281 survivors - 230 passengers and 51 crew - were two Afghans who were not on the passenger list, sparking fears that more unregistered travellers could have been on board.

Smoke rises from the Euroferry Olympia off the coast of Corfu, Greece, on Feb 19, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

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