Rescue helicopters continued to pluck passengers off a burning Italian ferry adrift in the Adriatic Sea on Monday after the craft burst into flames more than 24 hours previously.
At least 251 passengers were safely removed from the Norman Atlantic ferry as of Monday morning, but another 227 are still onboard according to CNN. One person was killed after he fell or jumped overboard. Another two people have been injured.
Poor weather conditions and choppy seas have reportedly slowed rescue efforts being carried out by Italian and Greek authorities.
“It will be a very difficult night. A night in which we hope we will be able to rescue all on board,” said Greek Shipping Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, according to the Associated Press.
Medical personnel have been dropped on to the ferry to treat passengers who are believed to be suffering from hypothermia as they wait for rescuers to…
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