Confusion over survivors of Norman Atlantic ferry fire continues

Greek and Italian authorities continue to issue confusing figures about how many people are still not accounted for in the Norman Atlantic fire that killed at least 11 people in the Adriatic Sea.

The Italian Coast Guard said 477 people were rescued from the ferry. That figure, plus the 11 dead, would mean at least 488 people had been on board. That is more than the 474 people Greek officials said were on the register

Greek press reports suggest the passengers’ list contains many duplications and misspellings. As many as 98 people are missing, according to Italian prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe, while the Greek Shipping Ministry says 18 people are unaccounted for.

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(Norman Atlantic ferryboat, photographed in 2013, by Eustace Bagge/Wikimedia Commons)