Turkish passengers on burnt-out ferry evacuated to Turkey – Middle East Monitor

Turkish passengers on the ferry that caught fire on its way to Italy from Greece on Friday were evacuated to Turkey on Saturday, Anadolu reports.

The 23 passengers who had been placed in a hostel in Corfu after being rescued from the Euroferry Olympia have received temporary passports from the Turkish consulate in Komotini, northeastern Greece.

The passengers were brought by bus to Edirne province in northwestern Turkey.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Fahri Ozgen, one of the Turkish nationals evacuated, hailed the efforts of Turkish diplomats in Greece and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Other rescued passengers Ugur Rusvenli, Hakan Ulusoy and Hayrullah Cetin also expressed their gratitude for Turkey’s efforts to evacuate them.

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Meanwhile, of the 11 missing passengers, a 21-year-old Belarusian was found alive in the stern of the ship, Greek news agency AMNA reported.

This renewed hopes that other passengers could be found alive, NAMA added.

On Friday, the Euroferry Olympia, flying the Italian flag, departed from Igoumenitsa in western Greece for the Italian port of Brindisi, a journey of around nine hours.

The fire, the cause of which is currently unknown, broke out near the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea.

Sharon P. Juarez