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live The victims of the Norman Atlantic disaster are already five

29 December 2014 / 14:12:12  GRReporter
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The Italian Coast Guard has confirmed that its members have found the bodies of four of the Norman Atlantic passengers.

The first evidence of the tragedy had been submitted earlier today by another ferry passenger of Turkish origin. The man who was in a state of shock told the Italian media that he had seen four dead bodies on the evacuation slide of the ferry, where Greek citizen George Doulis lost his life yesterday.

"I saw with my own eyes four dead bodies, two male and two female. I am sure, they were in front of me," he said.

The official confirmation of his words has increased the number of victims of the accident to five. So far, there has been no information on the nationality of the victims, nor is it clear whether they were registered passengers or illegal immigrants who travelled on board the ferry without tickets.

The rescue operation is underway and according to the latest information, the number of evacuated passengers has reached 391. 87 people are still on board the ship.

Seven of the evacuees, namely six Greeks and one Italian who were transported by the Greek helicopter Sikorsky arrived earlier in Corfu. Three of them are in hospital because of breathing problems whereas the rest are in good health.

To be continued.

Tags: Burning ferryVictimsNorman AtlanticRescue operationsGreeceItalyEvacuated passengers
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