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Rescued ferry passengers add to criticism of crew

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 01:15

Passengers rescued from the burning Norman Atlantic ferry arrive for an emotional homecoming in Greece and add to criticism of crew when the fire broke out. Jennifer Davis reports.

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Emotional and joyful scenes as exhausted passengers from the Norman Atlantic ferry wreck arrive back home in Athens, Greece after a four day ordeal. Tearful family members jump into their arms. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) RESCUED PASSENGER, LEFTERIS ARABATZIS, SAYING: "(I feel) lucky, blessed, it feels wonderful. But there we were left helpless, when the accident happened." Passengers say the ferry's crew was nowhere to be found when the blaze broke out. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) RESCUED PASSENGER, HARIS VOUGIOUKOS, SAYING: "We were the ones who gave the alert, no alarm was sounded, we heard the noises and saw the flames and came outside. And we were the ones who woke up the people. The crew were nowhere, neither was the captain." (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) RESCUED PASSENGER, GIORGOS TOUTOULOS, SAYING: "There was no alarm, nothing, we woke up from the fumes, the flames and the sounds the cars made when they were burning." More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry fire off Greece's Adriatic Coast on Sunday. But at least 11 died, dozens are still missing and there is confusion over how many people were on the ship in the first place. Italy and Greece have opened separate investigations into what caused the fire and how the emergency was handled.

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Rescued ferry passengers add to criticism of crew

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 01:15