The total fatalities onboard the Euroferry Olympia have risen to 5, after authorities discovered two more bodies on the ship, that was stricken by fire last week.
On February 25, local authorities will try to enter the vessel and search for the six remaining missing persons. The operations is taking place 8 days after the fire broke out, as the smoke from the fire has been addressed and so rescuers can enter the ship.
The Euroferry Olympia was towed to port in Platygiali, Greece, where a search will continue for the people still missing.
Euroferry Olympia was about 10 miles north of the island of Corfu when the fire broke out in one of the ship’s three garage decks during a voyage from Igoumenitsa, Greece to the Port of Brindisi in Italy.
According to Grimaldi Group, the vessel was carrying 239 passengers and 51 crew members along with 153 commercial vehicles, and 32 passenger vehicles at the time of the fire.
Rescuers from the Italian Guardia di Finanza and Greek Coast Guard have rescued hundreds of people from the burning vessel, but thirteen had initially remained missing.
Over the weekend, two survivors were located in the vessel, but later in the day searchers also found a body in the cabin of a truck, leaving 10 still missing.
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