Italy: 98 still unaccounted for from fire-ravaged ferry

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BRINDISI, Italy (AP) - Stormy weather in the Adriatic Sea thwarted efforts Wednesday to tow a fire-ravaged ferry to Italy so authorities can investigate the blaze that killed at least 11 people and search the ship for more possible dead.

Ninety-eight people were still unaccounted for Wednesday after a pre-dawn fire raced through the Norman Atlantic ferry on Sunday, Bari prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe was quoted as saying by the ANSA news agency.

It's not clear if those people ever boarded the ferry - which left Greece on Saturday bound for Italy - if they were rescued, or if they died in the fire or in the sea. Hundreds were rescued in the maritime disaster but the exact number of ferry survivors and how many were onboard to begin with are still not known.

Volpe said he hoped that Greek authorities would be able to say many people had been rescued by various ships and brought to Greece. Greece's coast guard later said nine Greeks were still missing but did not resolve other questions.

Volpe told Sky TG24 TV it was important to have the ferry towed to Italy "to see if there are bodies aboard...to ascertain what caused the fire and to see if safety measures were respected."

He said until the wreck was examined, he couldn't venture a possible cause for the blaze.

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Italy: 98 still unaccounted for from fire-ravaged ferry
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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The Italian captain of the Italian-made ferry, which was operated by a Greek company, was questioned in the southern port of Bari by prosecutors for more than five hours Wednesday. Since a probe is underway, Volpe would not give any details about the questioning.

Nearly 40 survivors finally stepped ashore Wednesday in the Italian port of Taranto, brought by one of the cargo ships that rescued passengers from the flaming, smoke-shrouded ferry in the first hours of the maritime disaster. The blaze on the ferry's car deck sent people scrambling for their lives in the freezing cold, pelted by rain and buffeted by gale-force winds on the uncovered top deck.

Amateur video made by two Turkish passengers who spent two days aboard the ferry showed clouds of black smoke belched up by the fire and bursts of flame as survivors lined up to be rescued by helicopters.

In the video, obtained by The Associated Press, Italian rescue helicopters hoisted survivors one by one via cords or inside wire baskets. Passengers in orange lifejackets and makeshift hats shifted their feet and shoved their hands in their pockets, trying to keep warm.

Snow fell Wednesday in usually temperate southern Italy and winds whipping up to 70 kph (45 mph) made for rough seas as a tugboat crew tried to secure the wreck.

"The shipwreck that we are towing is not anchored, and so it tends to move," said Giuseppe Barretta, owner of the tug company. He estimated once the ferry was secured, the tow to Italy could take up to 12 hours.

The Norman Atlantic was closer to Albania than Italy and was listing slightly to the right, Barretta said. Smoke was still pouring out, probably from the burning cars and tires inside, he said.

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