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International teams begin airlifts from flaming ferry stranded at sea
International teams begin airlifts from flaming ferry stranded at sea

Challenged by foul weather and racing to rescue nearly 500 passengers and crew before nightfall, international relief teams began airlifts from a flaming ferry stranded between Greece and Italy. Although the cause of the fire remained unclear, authorities in Athens said at least 140 passengers had been rescued from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic nearly 10 hours after a first distress alert was signaled, and a series of explosions engulfed the vessel in flames. Six all-weather military helicopters -- four from Italy and two from Greece -- were airlifting passengers in pairs, taking them to safety in Italy. Despite harsh weather conditions, authorities said the rescue operation...

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