A rescue operation of the burned ferry "Norman Atlantic" adrift in the Adriatic Sea off Albania on Dec. 29, 2014.
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December 30, 2014 9:58 AM EST

Two more people have died in the aftermath of a ferry fire that occurred in the Adriatic Sea near Greece. A pair of Albanian seamen who were attempting to salvage the multideck car ferry were killed when the cable connecting their boat to the ferry snapped and struck them Tuesday. One man died instantly while the other died while being assisited by a helicopter medical team, a port authority official told Reuters.

Ten other deaths have previously been reported due to the fire. The Italian navy has said that the ferry has been fully evacuated. However, the navy has only confirmed that 427 people have been rescued, which is well below the 478 people were estimated to be on board the ferry.


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