Albanian tugboat sailor killed, another seriously hurt in operation to secure Greek ferry

December 30, 2014 8:30 AM

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Albanian tugboat sailor killed, another seriously hurt in operation to secure Greek ferry

In this image released by the Italian Navy, smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Fighting high winds and stormy seas, helicopter rescue crews on Monday evacuated the last of hundreds of people trapped aboard a Greek ferry that caught fire off Albania. The death toll climbed to eight as survivors told of a frantic rush to escape the flames and pelting rain. The evacuation of the ferry was completed in the early afternoon with the rescue of 427 people, including 56 crew members, said Italy's transport minister, Maurizio Lupi. The original ferry manifest listed 422 passengers and 56 crew members, but Lupi said it was premature to speculate on whether people were still missing. He suggested that there might have been some people who reserved a spot on the ferry but did not board. (AP Photo/Italian Navy, ho) (The Associated Press)

TIRANA, Albania – Albanian authorities say a sailor on board an Albanian tugboat has died and another has been seriously injured during an operation to secure a stricken Greek ferry from which hundreds of people were rescued, and 10 people died, following a fire.

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