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Rescuers this morning assist a passenger of the Norman Atlantic, which caught fire in the Adriatic Sea yesterday. Carrying nearly 500, the ferry 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/Luigi Mistrulli)

(Bloomberg) — Seven people died after a fire broke out on an Italian ferry traveling from Greece to Italy and more than 400 people were rescued in small groups last night and today amid rough seas and high winds.

The captain of the Norman Atlantic was the last to leave the ship as rescue operations were concluded around 2:50 p.m. today local time, the Italian Coast Guard said in a Twitter post.

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