Greek ferry tragedy turns to murder mystery

The rescue operation of passengers by helicopter on Monday from the burning ferry “Norman Atlantic” adrift off Albania Picture: AFP/Getty

Ten passengers dead, dozen unaccounted for and no-one able to say with any certainty how many people were on board the Norman Atlantic when it burst into flames.

A Greek ferry tragedy in the Adriatic appeared to be turning into a murder mystery on Tuesday as a fiasco over the accuracy of the passenger list added to questions over safety systems aboard.

The ill-fated ship claimed two more lives when two Albanian seamen died from injuries sustained when a cable linking their tugboat to the ferry snapped.

With conditions in the eastern Adriatic still extremely rough, Italian authorities decided to try to tow the ferry to port in Albania rather than risk the longer crossing back to Italy.

Amid the uncertainty over the passenger numbers, Italian coastguards and navy helicopters were continuing to scour the waters around the stricken ferry in search of the bodies of nearly 40 people who may or may not have been on the boat when it left the Greek port of Patras on Saturday.

Officially, 437 people who were on board have been accounted for, 38 short of a revised total of passengers and crew released by the ship’s operator ANEK Ferries.

But government ministers in both Greece and Italy have confirmed that there are significant discrepancies between the list released by ANEK and the people saved.

Italian officials have meanwhile acknowledged that the people rescued included an unspecified number of stowaways, including some Afghan nationals, who would not have been on the passenger list.

A prosecutor in the Italian port of Bari was due to outline the terms of a criminal probe into the disaster in which the ship’s Italian owner, ANEK and its Italian captain are all expected to be investigated for suspected manslaughter.

The accounts of passengers evacuated from the ferry after a terrifying 24-hour ordeal have depicted the Norman Atlantic’s crew as being completely unprepared to deal with an emergency…

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  • The Goat

    Oh no, not another Greek tragedy.

  • bricko

    It was full of Paki Muslim men who beat women and children so they could get off first.

    • Frau Katze

      Sounds like a real doozy. Definitely illegals aboard. Crew completely incompetent.

    • Brett_McS
    • Hard Little Machine

      Maybe it’s something as mundane as “What do you mean we can’t barbeque a goat in the trunk of the car during the trip??”

      • Raymond Hietapakka

        …like the airline-passenger Ayrabb who pulled out a camping stove and lit it in the passenger cabin to heat himself up a cuppa?

  • roccolore

    Another way for Muslim welfare moochers to invade Europe.

  • This reveals that in addition to overt illegal immigration (on small boats), there is a covert illegal immigration (on trucks loaded on ferries). So the numbers are even worse than so far assumed.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The fuel system experienced a This Has Nothing At All to do with Islam Nuh Uh failure.