A fire breaks out on a ferry in Greece with 288 people on board | Greece
A fire broke out on a ferry linking Greece to Italy with 288 people on board, according to the Greek Coast Guard.
The Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia was heading for the port of Brindisi from the Greek town of Igoumenitsa when the fire broke out on Friday morning near the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea.
The Coast Guard said 237 passengers and 51 crew members were on board.
All passengers are safe and on lifeboats, Greek Secretary of State for Merchant Marine Kostas Katsafados told Greek radio Skai.
The passengers and crew were taken to Corfu, authorities said. Weather conditions in the area were mild.
No casualties were reported and police said three tugs and three patrol boats were dispatched to assist the passengers.
“The captain of the Euroferry Olympia asked the passengers to leave the boat,” police said.
A video uploaded to Greek news site Proto Thema showed a ferry engulfed in flames and huge plumes of smoke.
The incident happened around 4:30 a.m. (0130 GMT) off the northern coast of Corfu, between Greece and Albania, the Greek coast guard said.
The cause of the fire is not yet known and an investigation has been opened, according to the Greek Coast Guard.
This is a developing story. More updates to follow