Ten people have now been confirmed dead after a ferry caught fire in the Adriatic Sea on Sunday, the Italian coast guard said on Twitter on Monday, reports CNN.
It reported that 427 people have been rescued.
The Italian coast guard earlier said that all remaining passengers had been evacuated from the vessel, with the boat’s commander finally leaving the ship at 2:50 p.m. Monday. The coast guard told CNN it was inspecting the ship and deciding how to transport it — and where.
The public prosecutor in Bari, Italy, told CNN that he has requested the seizure of the ship as part of a criminal investigation into the ferry accident. Authorities are waiting for authorization from Albanian authorities to release the ship, since it is in Albanian waters.
Giuseppe Volpe, the prosecutor, added that the owner and the captain of the ship will be notified of the investigation. No charges have been filed.
More than 400 passengers had been traveling on the Norman Atlantic between the Greek port of Igoumenitsa and the Italian port of Ancona when the blaze broke out in the ferry’s parking bay.
In the first three hours of the fire, around 150 people were able to escape viab the vessel’s lifeboats. But when the ferry lost power, the electronic arms were unable to function, leaving the rest of the boats dangling uselessly by its side.
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