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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Third Greek Victim Identified in ‘Norman Atlantic’ Ferry Disaster

The Greek embassy in Rome on Saturday confirmed that a third Greek was among those confirmed dead in the “Norman Atlantic” ferry disaster in the Adriatic.

According to the embassy, the dead body was identified as that of Greek national Gerasimos Kazantzidis, whose name had been listed among those missing on the website of the Greek Coast Guard.

Another body which was initially believed to have belonged to that of Greek passenger Giorgios Doulis, has not been identified by relatives and the man is now considered missing. According to Italian authorities, nine Greek nationals are still missing and their relatives arrived in Italy on Saturday.

Assisted by a representative of the Greek embassy in Rome, they contacted the municipalities of Bari, Brindisi and Lecce which claimed that no Greek nationals are being treated in hospitals of Apulia, the wider region.

Later, it is possible that relatives will be allowed to approach the wreck of “Norman Atlantic,” which has been towed to the port of Brindisi, but they will not be allowed on board.

Meanwhile, Italian prosecutors entered the ship once again as they’re trying to determine if it’s safe to open the garage and look for dead immigrants or truck drivers. However, authorities say there are still some fires burning in parts of the vessel and prosecutor Ettore Cardinali said that “it might take several days to open ‘Norman’s’ garage.”

According to the Italian press, Italy’s transport ministry launched an investigation into the exact causes of the fire, while a team of Greek experts will be arriving at Brindisi in the afternoon.

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