Ferry fire sends smoke bil­low­ing, but all aboard safe

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Greek au­thor­i­ties say 875 pas­sen­gers safely dis­em­barked from a ferry af­ter a fire broke out early Wed­nes­day as it sailed to the is­land of Crete from the main­land. The fire on the Eleft­he­rios Venize­los ferry started in the park­ing bay and was con­tained af­ter ac­ti­vat­ing an au­to­matic ex­tin­guish­ing mech­a­nism. Still, it left smoke bil­low­ing out of the ship as it re­turned to the port of Pi­raeus, near Athens. Pas­sen­gers spent hours on the deck wear­ing life vests, and dis­em­barked us­ing mo­bile safety stairs from a side en­trance of the ship. “It is a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, be­cause we are deal­ing with a large ves­sel,” Fire Ser­vice of­fi­cial Yian­nis Sta­moulis said. He de­scribed the fire­fight­ing ef­fort as on­go­ing.

The Mer­chant Ma­rine Min­istry and Greek ferry op­er­a­tor ANEK said all 141 crew mem­bers on board were also un­harmed.

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