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In this image provided by the Italian Navy, smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea on Dec. 28. 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. (AP Photo/Italian Navy)

(Bloomberg) — Italian and Greek rescue teams, battling high winds and rough seas, struggled to evacuate passengers aboard a ferry that caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early today.

The Italian Navy and Coast Guard were coordinating the operation in the strait between Italy and Albania. The blaze broke out about 4 a.m. aboard the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic, Greek Shipping Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said in a statement on the ministry’s website. It was traveling from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona, Italy, with 422 passengers and 56 crew members onboard.

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