After 20 days Euroferry Olympia is still burning, 3 are missing

   March 11, 2022 ,   Accidents

Almost 3 weeks after the Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia cruiseferry caught fire off the coast of Greece, firefighters are still battling local blazes and looking for 3 missing people.

The vessel is currently at Port Astakos (Aetolia-Acarnania, West Greece) where it was towed from the accident's site off Corfu Island.

On February 18, Euroferry Olympia had sailed from Igoumenitsa Greece bound for Brindisi Italy.

8 deaths have been already confirmed and 281 passengers and crew members were evacuated from the vessel soon after it caught fire. The last rescued, a 21-year-old truck driver, was found on February 20 after he had made his way to the open deck.

Euroferry Olympia

The private Greek company involved in the operation, Megatugs Salvage & Towage, alongside the Fire Service, removed 600 m3 of water from the ferry to prevent its capsizing. Firefighters still pump water in order to reduce temperatures inside.

Removing the ~700 tons of fuel still on Euroferry Olympia will be done after all remaining passenger vehicles and trucks have been lifted off.