Seven Bulgarians Reportedly On Board Ferry Burning in Adriatic

Incidents | December 28, 2014, Sunday // 16:45|  views

A handout frame grab footage provided by Italian State Broadcaster RaiNews24 shows the rescue operation of the ferry Norman Atlantic on fire in the Adriatic Sea, 28 December 2014. Photo EPA/BGNES

Seven Bulgarian nationals are among the passengers of Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic which caught fire in the Adriatic Sea on Sunday morning, Greek newspaper Vima reported.

The Athens-based correspondent of Bulgarian daily 24 Chasa also reported there were seven Bulgarian nationals on board the ferry, adding they were two women and five men.

The Foreign Ministry in Sofia has not confirmed the information of the news outlets.

International media reports initially put the number of passengers and crew aboard the ferry at 478.

According to Vima, which claimed it was provided with the list of passengers on board the vessel in distress, 234 of the passengers are Greek nationals.

The list of passengers also included a Romanian, two Russians, six Austrians, two Hungarians, 10 Swiss citizens, 22 Albanians, 22 Italians, nine French, two Ukrainians, a Maltese and three Macedonians, among others. The crew is comprising 22 Italians and 34 Greek nationals, Vima said.

There are no confirmed reports of casualties. Greek and Italian officials say 131 people have been rescued.

The Norman Atlantic is a 26 900-tonne, roll-on roll-off ferry chartered by Greek ferry company ANEK. According to marine traffic data, it was built in 2009 and previously operated in Italy.

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