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Ferry passengers recount chaos: No fire alarm, just smoke
Smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry after that was towed into the port of Brindisi, southern Italy, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. For a second day, fierce heat from a slow-burning blaze kept firefighters and other investigators on Saturday from searching the hold and vehicle decks of a Greek ferry for more bodies. At least 11 people perished in the pre-dawn blaze on Dec. 28 aboard the Norman Atlantic, on a voyage between Greece and Italy. Authorities fear more bodies might be inside the vehicle deck where the fire began. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A firefighter sprays water on the Norman Atlantic ferry after it was towed into the port of Brindisi, southern Italy, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. For a second day, fierce heat from a slow-burning blaze kept firefighters and other investigators on Saturday from searching the hold and vehicle decks of a Greek ferry for more bodies. At least 11 people perished in the pre-dawn blaze on Dec. 28 aboard the Norman Atlantic, on a voyage between Greece and Italy. Authorities fear more bodies might be inside the vehicle deck where the fire began. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Firefighters spray water in the charred Norman Atlantic Ferry in Brindisi's port on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. For a second day, fierce heat from a slow-burning blaze kept firefighters and other investigators on Saturday from searching the hold and vehicle decks of a Greek ferry for more bodies. At least 11 people perished in the pre-dawn blaze on Dec. 28 aboard the Norman Atlantic, on a voyage between Greece and Italy. Authorities fear more bodies might be inside the vehicle deck where the fire began. (AP Photo/Roberta Grassi)
BRINDISI, ITALY - JANUARY 05: The burned-out ferry 'Norman Atlantic' stands moored in port on January 05, 2015 in Brindisi, Italy. Firemen and police investigators have so far been unable to gain access deep inside the vessel in the their search for more bodies as temperatures inside the hull from the fire that struck the ship remain too high. The Italian-owned ferry caught fire on December 28, 2014, on its journey from Patras in Greece to Ancona in Italy. At least 11 people are confirmed dead as a result of the blaze and 477 survived after being rescued by the Italian Coast Guard and Navy, though 19 passengers remain unaccounted for and are presumed to likely be dead and still inside the ship. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
Smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry after that was towed into the port of Brindisi, southern Italy, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. For a second day, fierce heat from a slow-burning blaze kept firefighters and other investigators on Saturday from searching the hold and vehicle decks of a Greek ferry for more bodies. At least 11 people perished in the pre-dawn blaze on Dec. 28 aboard the Norman Atlantic, on a voyage between Greece and Italy. Authorities fear more bodies might be inside the vehicle deck where the fire began. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry after that was towed into the port of Brindisi, southern Italy, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. For a second day, fierce heat from a slow-burning blaze kept firefighters and other investigators on Saturday from searching the hold and vehicle decks of a Greek ferry for more bodies. At least 11 people perished in the pre-dawn blaze on Dec. 28 aboard the Norman Atlantic, on a voyage between Greece and Italy. Authorities fear more bodies might be inside the vehicle deck where the fire began. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
BRINDISI, ITALY - JANUARY 05: The burned-out ferry 'Norman Atlantic' stands moored in port on January 05, 2015 in Brindisi, Italy. Firemen and police investigators have so far been unable to gain access deep inside the vessel in the their search for more bodies as temperatures inside the hull from the fire that struck the ship remain too high. The Italian-owned ferry caught fire on December 28, 2014, on its journey from Patras in Greece to Ancona in Italy. At least 11 people are confirmed dead as a result of the blaze and 477 survived after being rescued by the Italian Coast Guard and Navy, though 19 passengers remain unaccounted for and are presumed to likely be dead and still inside the ship. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
BRINDISI, ITALY - JANUARY 05: Smoke rises from the burned-out ferry 'Norman Atlantic' as it stands moored in port on January 05, 2015 in Brindisi, Italy. Firemen and police investigators have so far been unable to gain access deep inside the vessel in the their search for more bodies as temperatures inside the hull from the fire that struck the ship remain too high. The Italian-owned ferry caught fire on December 28, 2014, on its journey from Patras in Greece to Ancona in Italy. At least 11 people are confirmed dead as a result of the blaze and 477 survived after being rescued by the Italian Coast Guard and Navy, though 19 passengers remain unaccounted for and are presumed to likely be dead and still inside the ship. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 3, 2015 at sunset shows Italian-owned Norman Atlantic ferry moored at the pier of Brindisi. Bari prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe ordered the Italian-owned vessel to be towed to Brindisi so that it can be searched for corpses and for clues as to what caused the huge fire that erupted on board on December 28. The fire led to the deaths of at least 13 people and there are fears the final toll could be higher amid uncertainty over how many people were actually on board. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wait to be rescued after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 a tug boat passengers sprays water on the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wait to be rescued after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wait to be rescued after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wait to be rescued after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic walk in the smoke after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 a tug boat passengers sprays water on the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wait to be rescued after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wait to be rescued after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wait to be lifted from the deck by a rescue helicopter after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wait to be rescued after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 a person is lifted from the deck of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic by a rescue helicopter after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 rescue equipment is unloaded from a helicopter a board of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wait to be rescued after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wait to be rescued after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wait to be lifted from the deck by a rescue helicopter after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wait to be lifted from the deck by a rescue helicopter after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wait to be lifted from the deck by a rescue helicopter after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wait to be lifted from the deck by a rescue helicopter after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 a person is lifted from the deck of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic by a rescue helicopter after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 a person is lifted from the deck of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic by a rescue helicopter after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 a person is lifted from the deck of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic by a rescue helicopter after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian authorities warned Tuesday that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/APTN)
Smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. A blaze broke out on the car deck of the Norman Atlantic Sunday, Dec. 28, while the ferry was traveling from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona in Italy causing the death of at least 11 people. Italian and Greek helicopter rescue crews evacuated 427 people among passengers and crew members but Italian officials think the death toll could be much higher because of serious discrepancies in the ship's manifest and confusion over how many people were aboard. "We cannot say how many people may be missing," Italian Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi said at a news conference. The cause of the fire is under investigation. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. A blaze broke out on the car deck of the Norman Atlantic Sunday, Dec. 28, while the ferry was traveling from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona in Italy causing the death of at least 11 people. Italian and Greek helicopter rescue crews evacuated 427 people among passengers and crew members but Italian officials think the death toll could be much higher because of serious discrepancies in the ship's manifest and confusion over how many people were aboard. "We cannot say how many people may be missing," Italian Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi said at a news conference. The cause of the fire is under investigation. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. A blaze broke out on the car deck of the Norman Atlantic Sunday, Dec. 28, while the ferry was traveling from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona in Italy causing the death of at least 11 people. Italian and Greek helicopter rescue crews evacuated 427 people among passengers and crew members but Italian officials think the death toll could be much higher because of serious discrepancies in the ship's manifest and confusion over how many people were aboard. "We cannot say how many people may be missing," Italian Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi said at a news conference. The cause of the fire is under investigation. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Some 40 of the survivors of the Norman Atlantic ferry fire, finally stepped ashore, in the port of Taranto, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. They arrived by one of the cargo ships that took aboard passengers from the flaming, smoke-shrouded ferry in the first hours after the blaze down in the car deck sent people, shaken out of their sleep, to scrambling for their lives and take shelter -- in freezing cold, pelted by rain and buffeted by gale-force wind on the top, uncovered deck. (AP Photo/Cosimo Calabrese)
Rescued passengers from the fire-struck ferry Norman Atlantic hug their relatives after arriving at Athens International Airport on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. About 107 passengers from the Norman Atlantic arrived in Greece. Italian authorities warned that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A survivor (L) of the 'Norman Atlantic' ferry hugs a relative after arriving at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens on December 31, 2014. Two Albanian seamen were among 13 people confirmed killed in a ferry disaster in the Adriatic Sea on December 30, as officials warned the discovery of stowaways on board meant the true death toll could be far higher. Greek and Italian authorities were still unable to say with any certainty how many paying passengers were on board the Norman Atlantic when it burst into flames in stormy seas near the island of Corfu on December 28. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINIS (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescued passengers from the fire-struck ferry Norman Atlantic hug their relatives as others wait for their family members after arriving at Athens International Airport on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. About 107 passengers from the Norman Atlantic arrived in Greece with a charter flight. Italian authorities warned that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Athanasios Tsopanidis wipes his tears as his brother Giorgos Tsopanidis, left, a rescued passenger from the fire-struck ferry Norman Atlantic speaks to the media after arriving at Athens International Airport on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. About 107 passengers from the Norman Atlantic arrived in Greece with a charter flight. Italian authorities warned that more bodies will likely be found when the blackened hulk of a Greek ferry is towed to Italy, as part of a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed the ship at sea, killing at least 11 of the more than 400 people on board. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A survivor (C) of the ferry 'Norman Atlantic' hugs a relative after arriving at the International Airport 'Eleftherios Venizelos, in Athens on December 31, 2014. The death toll from a ferry disaster in the Adriatic Sea rose to 13, as fears mounted that the final count could be much higher. Uncertainty over the scale of the tragedy persisted with Greek and Italian authorities still unable to say with any certainty how many paying passengers were on board the Norman Atlantic when it burst into flames. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
IGOUMENITSA, GREECE - DECEMBER 29: A container vessel named Cruise Europa carrying 69 people evacuated from a car ferry 'Norman Atlantic' which caught fire with some 480 people on board in the Adriatic Sea arrive in the Greek port of Igoumenitsa on December 29, 2014. (Photo by Athens News Agency/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IGOUMENITSA, GREECE - DECEMBER 29: A container vessel named Cruise Europa carrying 69 people evacuated from a car ferry 'Norman Atlantic' which caught fire with some 480 people on board in the Adriatic Sea arrive in the Greek port of Igoumenitsa on December 29, 2014. (Photo by Athens News Agency/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A survivor of the ferry 'Norman Atlantic' reacts as she hugs her child after arriving at the Elefsina military airport in Athens on December 29, 2014. The death toll after a ferry caught fire in rough seas in the Adriatic rose to ten on December 29 with dozens of passengers still unaccounted for. It was unclear whether the missing passengers had drowned or otherwise died unnoticed or whether the ill-fated Norman Atlantic's manifest lists were inaccurate. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINIS (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A survivor of the ferry 'Norman Atlantic' reacts as she hugs her children after arriving at the Elefsina military airport in Athens on December 29, 2014. The death toll after a ferry caught fire in rough seas in the Adriatic rose to ten on December 29 with dozens of passengers still unaccounted for. It was unclear whether the missing passengers had drowned or otherwise died unnoticed or whether the ill-fated Norman Atlantic's manifest lists were inaccurate. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINIS (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
IGOUMENITSA, GREECE - DECEMBER 29: A container vessel named Cruise Europa carrying 69 people evacuated from a car ferry 'Norman Atlantic' which caught fire with some 480 people on board in the Adriatic Sea arrive in the Greek port of Igoumenitsa on December 29, 2014. (Photo by Athens News Agency/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IGOUMENITSA, GREECE - DECEMBER 29: A container vessel named Cruise Europa carrying 69 people evacuated from a car ferry 'Norman Atlantic' which caught fire with some 480 people on board in the Adriatic Sea arrive in the Greek port of Igoumenitsa on December 29, 2014. (Photo by Athens News Agency/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IGOUMENITSA, GREECE - DECEMBER 29: A container vessel named Cruise Europa carrying 69 people evacuated from a car ferry 'Norman Atlantic' which caught fire with some 480 people on board in the Adriatic Sea arrive in the Greek port of Igoumenitsa on December 29, 2014. (Photo by Athens News Agency/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IGOUMENITSA, GREECE - DECEMBER 29: A container vessel named Cruise Europa carrying 69 people evacuated from a car ferry 'Norman Atlantic' which caught fire with some 480 people on board in the Adriatic Sea arrive in the Greek port of Igoumenitsa on December 29, 2014. (Photo by Athens News Agency/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IGOUMENITSA, GREECE - DECEMBER 29: A container vessel named Cruise Europa carrying 69 people evacuated from a car ferry 'Norman Atlantic' which caught fire with some 480 people on board in the Adriatic Sea arrive in the Greek port of Igoumenitsa on December 29, 2014. (Photo by Athens News Agency/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A survivor of the ferry 'Norman Atlantic' hugs a friend after arriving at the Elefsina military airport in Athens on December 29, 2014. The death toll after a ferry caught fire in rough seas in the Adriatic rose to ten on December 29 with dozens of passengers still unaccounted for. It was unclear whether the missing passengers had drowned or otherwise died unnoticed or whether the ill-fated Norman Atlantic's manifest lists were inaccurate. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINIS (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
IGOUMENITSA, GREECE - DECEMBER 29: A container vessel named Cruise Europa carrying 69 people evacuated from the car ferry 'Norman Atlantic' which caught fire with some 480 people on board in the Adriatic Sea have arrived in the Greek port of Igoumenitsa on December 29, 2014. (Photo by Athens News Agency/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Survivors of the ferry 'Norman Atlantic' disembark from the ship 'Siprit of Piraeus' in the harbor of Bari, southern Italy on December 29, 2014. 49 survivors were evacuated from the burning ferry 'Norman Atlantic' on board the Singapore-flagged cargo container ship 'Siprit of Piraeus'. More than 140 shivering, exhausted and terrified passengers and crew remained stranded on a stricken car ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea 30 hours earlier. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Afrosini Bezati truck driver rescued from the fire-struck ferry Norman Atlantic hugs her kids after arriving from Italy at Elefsina Air Base outside Athens, on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. About 43 passengers from the Norman Atlantic arrived in the Greek capital as the death toll climbed to 10 as survivors told of a frantic rush to escape, caught among flames, pelting rain and passengers who fought others to be rescued. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A mother rescued from the fire-struck ferry Norman Atlantic reacts as she hugs her children after arriving from Italy to Igoumenitsa port, northwestern Greece, on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. About 69 passengers from the Norman Atlantic arrived in Greece by Cruise Europa ferry as the death toll climbed to 10 as survivors told of a frantic rush to escape, caught among flames, pelting rain and passengers who fought others for rescue. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Christos Perlis, left, rescued from the fire-struck ferry Norman Atlantic is hugged by his father after arriving from Italy to Igoumenitsa port, northwestern Greece, on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. About 69 passengers from the Norman Atlantic arrived in Greece by Cruise Europa ferry as the death toll climbed to 10 as survivors told of a frantic rush to escape, caught among flames, pelting rain and passengers who fought others to be rescued. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
An injured passenger arrives at the Antonio Perrino hospital in Brindisi, southern Italy, rescued from the burning ferry 'Norman Atlantic' adrift off the coast of Albania, on December 28, 2014. Rescuers battled in the dark to save more than 300 trapped passengers from a burning Italian ferry as coastguards reported the first death in the high-seas drama. The Greek maritime ministry said 268 of the passengers were Greek, with the crew made up of 22 Italians and 34 Greeks. But the rest of the passengers were made up of 54 Turks, 44 Italians, 22 Albanians, 18 Germans, 10 Swiss, nine French, and Russian, Austrian, British and Dutch nationals. AFP PHOTO/CARLO HERMANN (Photo credit should read CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)
A rescued passenger arrives at the Antonio Perrino hospital in Brindisi, southern Italy, after being lifted off the burning ferry 'Norman Atlantic' adrift off the coast of Albania, on December 28, 2014. Rescuers battled in the dark to save more than 300 trapped passengers from a burning Italian ferry as coastguards reported the first death in the high-seas drama. The Greek maritime ministry said 268 of the passengers were Greek, with the crew made up of 22 Italians and 34 Greeks. But the rest of the passengers were made up of 54 Turks, 44 Italians, 22 Albanians, 18 Germans, 10 Swiss, nine French, and Russian, Austrian, British and Dutch nationals. AFP PHOTO/RENATO ESPOSITO (Photo credit should read RENATO ESPOSITO/AFP/Getty Images)
An injured passenger arrives at the Antonio Perrino hospital in Brindisi, southern Italy, rescued from the burning ferry 'Norman Atlantic' adrift off the coast of Albania, on December 28, 2014. Rescuers battled in the dark to save more than 300 trapped passengers from a burning Italian ferry as coastguards reported the first death in the high-seas drama. The Greek maritime ministry said 268 of the passengers were Greek, with the crew made up of 22 Italians and 34 Greeks. But the rest of the passengers were made up of 54 Turks, 44 Italians, 22 Albanians, 18 Germans, 10 Swiss, nine French, and Russian, Austrian, British and Dutch nationals. AFP PHOTO/RENATO ESPOSITO (Photo credit should read RENATO ESPOSITO/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman is carried by paramedics as passengers of the ferry that caught fire in the channel between Italy and Albania are transported to the town of Otranto, near Lecce, southern Italy, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. Italian and Greek rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves as they struggled Sunday to evacuate hundreds of people from a ferry on fire and adrift in the channel between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured. The fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, traveling from the western Greek port of Patras to the Italian port of Ancona on the Adriatic, with 422 passengers and 56 crew members on board. (AP Photo/Ivan Tortorella)
A woman is carried into an ambulance as rescued passengers of the ferry that caught fire in the channel between Italy and Albania are transported to the town of Otranto, near Lecce, southern Italy, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. Italian and Greek rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves as they struggled Sunday to evacuate hundreds of people from a ferry on fire and adrift in the channel between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured. The fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, traveling from the western Greek port of Patras to the Italian port of Ancona on the Adriatic, with 422 passengers and 56 crew members on board. (AP Photo/Ivan Tortorella)
A woman is carried by paramedics as passengers of the ferry that caught fire in the channel between Italy and Albania arrive at a Brindisi hospital, southern Italy, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. Italian and Greek rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves as they struggled Sunday to evacuate hundreds of people from a ferry on fire and adrift in the channel between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured. The fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, traveling from the western Greek port of Patras to the Italian port of Ancona on the Adriatic, with 422 passengers and 56 crew members on board. (AP Photo/Max Frigione)
In this photo taken from a nearby ship, vessels try to extinguish the fire at the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. Italian and Greek military and coast guard rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves Sunday as they struggled to rescue hundreds of people trapped on a burning ferry adrift between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured. The Italian Defense Ministry said 165 of the 478 people on the ferry had been evacuated by Sunday evening, more than 14 hours after the fire erupted. (AP Photo/SKAI TV Station) GREECE OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
In this image provided by the Italian Navy, smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. A fire erupted on a ferry carrying 478 people from Greece to Italy on Sunday, leaving one person dead and trapping hundreds on top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered evacuation. The Italian Navy said that the victim and an injured person were transported by helicopter to the southern Italian city of Brindisi on Sunday evening. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the crippled ferry, battered by 90 kilometer per hour (55 mph) winds that pushed it toward the Albanian coast. (AP Photo/Italian Navy)
Paramedics wait for rescued passengers of the ferry that caught fire in the channel between Italy and Albania, at the Otranto harbor, near Lecce, southern Italy, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. Italian and Greek rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves as they struggled Sunday to evacuate hundreds of people from a ferry on fire and adrift in the channel between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured. The fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, traveling from the western Greek port of Patras to the Italian port of Ancona on the Adriatic, with 422 passengers and 56 crew members on board. (AP Photo/Ivan Tortorella)
In this image taken from a video released by the Italian Air Force, rescued people are seen inside an Italian Air Force helicopter after the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. Italian and Greek rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves as they struggled Sunday to evacuate hundreds of people from a ferry on fire and adrift in the channel between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured. The fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, traveling from the western Greek port of Patras to the Italian port of Ancona on the Adriatic, with 422 passengers and 56 crew members on board. (AP Photo/Italian Air Force)
An injured passenger arrives at the Antonio Perrino hospital in Brindisi, southern Italy, rescued from the burning ferry 'Norman Atlantic' adrift off the coast of Albania, on December 28, 2014. Rescuers battled in the dark to save more than 300 trapped passengers from a burning Italian ferry as coastguards reported the first death in the high-seas drama. The Greek maritime ministry said 268 of the passengers were Greek, with the crew made up of 22 Italians and 34 Greeks. But the rest of the passengers were made up of 54 Turks, 44 Italians, 22 Albanians, 18 Germans, 10 Swiss, nine French, and Russian, Austrian, British and Dutch nationals. AFP PHOTO/RENATO ESPOSITO (Photo credit should read RENATO ESPOSITO/AFP/Getty Images)
Athanasios Athanasopoulos chief of Greece's coast guard stands in front of a map at the Merchant Marine operation room in Piraeus port, near Athens on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, carrying some hundreds of passengers off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered their evacuation. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, with nearby merchant ships lining up to form a wall against the raging gusts. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)
In this photo taken from a nearby ship, smoke rises from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The ferry carrying hundreds of passengers caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation. (AP Photo/SKAI TV Station) GREECE OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
In this photo taken from a nearby ship, smoke rises from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The ferry carrying some hundreds of passengers caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered their evacuation. (AP Photo/SKAI TV Station) GREECE OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
In this image taken from a video released by the Italian Air Force, smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, top right, after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. A ferry carrying about 470 people caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, battered by 90 kilometer per hour (55 mph) winds that sent it up toward the strait between Italy and Albania. (AP Photo/Italian Air Force)
Nikolaos Lagadianos Greece's Coast Guard spokesman, right, makes notes at the Merchant Marine operation room in Piraeus port, near Athens, during the fire of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The ferry carrying some hundreds of passengers caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered their evacuation. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, with nearby merchant ships lining up to form a wall against the raging gusts. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)
In this photo taken from a nearby boat shows a life raft believed to be from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, as a cargo ship passes nearby. The ferry carrying some hundreds of passengers caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered their evacuation. (AP Photo/SKAI TV Station) GREECE OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Athanasios Athanasopoulos chief of Greece's coast guard indicates the last known position of the stricken Italian flagged Norman Atlantic ferry, at the Merchant Marine operation room in Piraeus port, near Athens on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The Norman Atlantic ferry caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, carrying some hundreds of passengers off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered their evacuation. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, with nearby merchant ships lining up to form a wall against the raging gusts. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)
In this photo taken from a nearby boat showing a life raft from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The ferry carrying some hundreds of passengers caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered their evacuation. (AP Photo/SKAI TV Station) GREECE OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
In this photo taken from a nearby ship, smoke rises from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The ferry carrying hundreds of passengers caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation. (AP Photo/SKAI TV Station) GREECE OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
In this photo taken from a nearby ship, smoke rises from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The ferry carrying hundreds of passengers caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation. (AP Photo/SKAI TV Station) GREECE OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Greece's Coast Guard spokesman Nikolaos Lagadianos, center, delivers a statement to the media concerning a fire aboard the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, outside the Merchant Marine Ministry in Piraeus port, near Athens, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. A ferry carrying hundreds of people caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)
In this image provided by the Italian Navy, smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. A fire erupted on a ferry carrying 478 people from Greece to Italy on Sunday, leaving one person dead and trapping hundreds on top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered evacuation. The Italian Navy said that the victim and an injured person were transported by helicopter to the southern Italian city of Brindisi on Sunday evening. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the crippled ferry, battered by 90 kilometer per hour (55 mph) winds that pushed it toward the Albanian coast. (AP Photo/Italian Navy)
Athanasios Athanasopoulos chief of Greece's coast guard indicates the last known position of the stricken Italian flagged Norman Atlantic ferry, at the Merchant Marine operation room in Piraeus port, near Athens on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The Norman Atlantic ferry caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, carrying some hundreds of passengers off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered their evacuation. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, with nearby merchant ships lining up to form a wall against the raging gusts. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)
Nikolaos Lagadianos Greece's Coast Guard spokesman, right, makes notes at the Merchant Marine operation room in Piraeus port, near Athens, during the fire of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The ferry carrying some hundreds of passengers caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered their evacuation. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, with nearby merchant ships lining up to form a wall against the raging gusts. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)
Medical staff address the media at the Antonio Perrino hospital in Brindisi, southern Italy, about rescue operations of burning ferry 'Norman Atlantic' adrift off Albania on December 28, 2014. Desperate passengers pleaded by mobile phone live on TV to be saved from a burning ferry adrift off Albania on Sunday as rescuers battled gale-force winds and billowing smoke to get to them. AFP PHOTO / CARLO HERMANN (Photo credit should read CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)
A medical staff member (L) speaks with Italian Coast guards at the Antonio Perrino hospital in Brindisi, southern Italy, about rescue operations of burning ferry 'Norman Atlantic' adrift off Albania on December 28, 2014. Desperate passengers pleaded by mobile phone live on TV to be saved from a burning ferry adrift off Albania on Sunday as rescuers battled gale-force winds and billowing smoke to get to them. AFP PHOTO / CARLO HERMANN (Photo credit should read CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)
Greek passengers of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry, that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, eat snacks after their arrival at the airport of Corfu island, northwestern Greece on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Helicopters defied high winds, stormy seas and darkness Monday to pluck some hundreds of passengers from a Greek ferry that caught fire off Albania, as survivors told of a frantic rush to escape the flames and pelting rain. Five people died and more than 100 passengers remained trapped on board a day after the fire broke out. (AP Photo/InTime News, Spyros Katopodis) GREECE OUT
Passengers and crew of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, disembark from a ship in Bari harbor, southern Italy, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. A ferry carrying nearly 500 people caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, with nearby merchant ships lining up to form a wall against the raging gusts. (AP Photo/Luigi Mistrulli)
Rescuers assist a passenger of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, in Bari harbor, southern Italy, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. A ferry carrying nearly 500 people caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, with nearby merchant ships lining up to form a wall against the raging gusts. (AP Photo/Luigi Mistrulli)
In this image released by the Italian Navy, smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. A cargo ship with 49 people evacuated from a Greek ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea arrived in the Italian port of Bari on Monday, the first big group to reach land. More than 160 people remained trapped on the smoke-filled vessel adrift in frigid temperatures and rough seas between Italy and Albania. One person was killed in the risky rescue operation and two others were injured as Italian and Greek rescue ships and helicopters worked through the night plucking passengers off the stricken vessel and bringing them to safety aboard the 10 or so mercantile ships nearby that were summoned to help. (AP Photo/Italian Navy, ho)
Rescuers assist a passenger of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, in Bari harbor, southern Italy, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. A ferry carrying nearly 500 people caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, with nearby merchant ships lining up to form a wall against the raging gusts. (AP Photo/Luigi Mistrulli)
Passengers and crew of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, disembark from a ship in Bari harbor, southern Italy, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. A ferry carrying nearly 500 people caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, with nearby merchant ships lining up to form a wall against the raging gusts. (AP Photo/Luigi Mistrulli)
In this image released by the Italian Navy, passengers of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, are rescued from the Italian Navy ship San Giorgio, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. A cargo ship with 49 people evacuated from a Greek ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea arrived in the Italian port of Bari on Monday, the first big group to reach land. More than 160 people remained trapped on the smoke-filled vessel adrift in frigid temperatures and rough seas between Italy and Albania. One person was killed in the risky rescue operation and two others were injured as Italian and Greek rescue ships and helicopters worked through the night plucking passengers off the stricken vessel and bringing them to safety aboard the 10 or so mercantile ships nearby that were summoned to help. (AP Photo/Italian Navy, ho)
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BARI, Italy (AP) -- There were no fire alarms at first, no knocks on the door from the crew, just thick, acrid smoke filling cabins and waking passengers on the overnight ferry from Greece to Italy.

In the chaos that followed, passengers sought safety from the flames on deck, only to be drenched by cold rain and firefighting hoses while heat from the fire below burned their feet. Pushing and shoving broke out, and passengers came to blows over space in lifeboats and helicopter baskets.

"Everyone there was trampling on each other to get onto the helicopter," Greek truck driver Christos Perlis told The Associated Press by telephone from one of the rescue vessels summoned after the Italian-flagged ferry caught fire off Albania early Sunday.

"The jungle law prevailed," said Greek passenger Irene Varsioti. "There was no queue or order. No respect was shown for children."

Italian and Greek helicopter rescue crews Monday evacuated the last of the known survivors aboard the vessel, bringing the number rescued to 427.

But the death toll climbed to at least 10, and the search in the Adriatic Sea for more possible victims continued amid serious discrepancies in the ship's manifest and confusion over how many people were aboard. The vessel's operator, Anek Lines, said 475 were on the ferry.

"We cannot say how many people may be missing," Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi said at an evening news conference.

Italian officials said the names on the manifest may have represented just reservations, not actual passengers who boarded. Also, Italian navy Adm. Giovanni Pettorino said 80 of those rescued weren't on the list at all, giving credence to suggestions from the Italian premier that the ferry may have been carrying a number of illegal migrants trying to reach Italy.

The blaze broke out on the car deck of the Norman Atlantic while the ferry was traveling from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona in Italy. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

The Italian military congratulated itself for a remarkable around-the-clock rescue operation in horrendous weather: 40 knot (75 kph; 46 mph) winds, high seas, choking smoke and the dark of the Adriatic night.

Hundreds of passengers, crew members and two dogs were plucked from the rain-soaked ferry decks in helicopter baskets as the fire blazed below.

Some suffered hypothermia, others mild carbon monoxide poisoning, but the first big group to reach land - 49 people who came ashore in Bari just after dawn Monday - walked off their rescue ship on their own, exhausted and draped in blankets to ward off the cold.

Navy Adm. Giuseppe De Giorgi hailed the Italian ferry captain, Argilio Giacomazzi, for having stayed on board to see the evacuation through, in striking contrast to the skipper in Italy's last maritime disaster. Capt. Francesco Schettino is on trial on charges of manslaughter and leaving the ship early in the 2012 wreck of the Costa Concordia, in which 32 people were killed.

"As an old seaman, I offer my deferential salute to the ship captain for having done his job with great dignity and competence," De Giorgi said. "He was last off, as a captain should be."

Giacomazzi's daughter, Giulia, said her father was "very precise and very careful" about his work.

"The classic story of the sea," she told AP from the family's home in La Spezia. "The captain is the last to leave the ship."

Anek Lines said all inspections required by law had been carried out, and the ship had been issued all necessary safety certificates.

Passengers said the scene aboard the ship was chaos, with virtually no direction coming from the mostly Italian crew. Several said that they knew to get out of their cabins only because other passengers banged on their doors or because they couldn't breathe from the smoke.

"There was no alarm - this was the absolute tragedy," Dimitra Theodossiou, a Greek soprano, told Italy's La Repubblica. "They didn't knock. They didn't advise us. We woke from smoke that entered in the room."

Perlis, the Greek truck driver, described the rescue scene as "a chaos, a panic," hampered by passengers whose feet were burning from the fire underneath them. "And from the feet up we were soaked," he said.

When rescue helicopters arrived, Perlis said, passengers began to clamber for position.

"First children, then women and then men. But the men, they started hitting us so they could get on first. They didn't take into consideration the women or the children, nothing," Perlis said. He said he reached safety after jumping in a helicopter basket carrying a girl.

Greek passenger Chrysostomos Apostolou, a civil engineer who had been traveling with his wife and their two boys, ages 8 and 14, said: "I witnessed an image of hell as described by Dante, on a ship where the decks were melting and we were trying to find some place that was not burning to stand on."

British show-jumper Nick Channing-Williams told Sky News that he heard an alarm at 5 a.m., well after the flames were underway. Passengers said eventually an order went out for passengers to get their life vests and come to the upper decks.

"When we got out on deck, the flames were huge and all the cars were on fire," he said.

"The fire was basically cooking everybody's feet. ... People just panicked," he added. "When the flames are licking up the side of the boat and there's no sign of help ... you do feel somewhat helpless."

A Turkish passenger, Aylin Akamac, told the state-run Anadolu Agency: "We were soaked from the water they doused to extinguish the fire. Our feet froze. People were forced to move closer to the fire to keep warm. We waited outside for hours."

Late Monday, Italy's transport ministry sequestered the ferry, saying Italian and Albanian authorities would decide which port to bring it to amid dueling jurisdictions over any criminal or civil liability for the disaster.

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Kantouris reported from Thesaloniki, Greece, and Barry from Milan. Nicole Winfield contributed from Rome, Suzan Fraser from Ankara, Turkey; Elena Becatoros, Derek Gatopoulos, Nicholas Paphitis and Demetris Nellas from Athens, Greece, and Jill Lawless from London.

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