Passengers stand on the deck as car ferry Norman Atlantic burns in the waters off Greece December 28 Xavier Su'a-Filo Jersey , 2014 in this handout photo provided by Marina Militare.[PhotoAgencies] A person is lifted on an Italian Navy helicopter as the car ferry Norman Atlantic burns in waters off Greece December 28, 2014 in this handout video grab of the Italian Marina Militare.
ATHENS, Greece - Hundreds of passengers and crew endured a second night of smoke Luke Stocker Jersey , frigid temperatures and gale-force winds as they waited to be evacuated from a burning ferry adrift early Monday in rough seas between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured in the risky rescue operation.
He said 10 merchant ships were in the area assisting rescue efforts Bennie Logan Jersey , and that those who had already taken on dozens of passengers from the stricken ferry would remain in the area until the operation was over. Only then would it be determined where they would go, Varvitsiotis said.
The fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic Blaine Gabbert Jersey , carrying 422 passengers and 56 crew members. Passengers huddled on the vessel's upper decks, pelted by rain and hail and struggling to breathe through the thick smoke, passengers told Greek media by phone.
"We are outside, we are very cold, the ship is full of smoke Dion Lewis Jersey ," passenger Giorgos Stiliaras told Greek Mega TV.
The ferry was last inspected by the Patras Port Authority on Dec. 19 and six "deficiencies" were found Malcolm Butler Jersey , but none were so grave as to keep it in port, according to the report on the European Maritime Safety Agency's website.
Italy and Greece sent navy and coast guard vessels and helicopters to the extensive rescue operation, while nearby merchant ships lined up to form a barrier to protect the ferry from towering waves. As darkness fell Austin Johnson Jersey , Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti said rescue operations would continue through the night.
An Italian Air Force helicopter pilot said smoke was invading the helicopter cabin Kevin Dodd Jersey , making rescue even more challenging.
Nine of those evacuated were taken to the Italian town of Lecce Luke Falk Jersey , authorities said. Of those, three children and a pregnant woman were treated for hypothermia in Lecce hospital. Dr. Raffaele Montinaro said the children were in "excellent" condition, and emergency room doctor, Antonio Palumbo, said the mother's condition was also good.
"For sure they are scared Brynden Trawick Jersey ," said Eligio Rocco Catamo, manager of the Copertino hospital. "But I should say that I was impressed by the calm and the serenity they are showing."
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