December 29th, 2014
10:10 AM ET

Burning ferry survivors recount horrifying tale

(CNN) - Seven people have now been confirmed dead after a ferry caught fire in the Adriatic Sea on Sunday, the Italian coast guard said Monday.

The discovery of two more bodies raised the death toll from five, the coast guard said in a post on Twitter.

Earlier it said that all remaining passengers had been evacuated from the vessel, with the boat's commander finally leaving the ship at 2:50 p.m. Monday. The coast guard told CNN it was inspecting the ship and deciding how to transport it - and where.

More than 400 passengers had been traveling on the Norman Atlantic between the Greek port of Igoumenitsa and the Italian port of Ancona when the blaze broke out in the ferry's parking bay.

In the first three hours of the fire, around 150 people were able to escape via the vessel's lifeboats. But when the ferry lost power, the electronic arms were unable to function, leaving the rest of the boats dangling uselessly by its side.

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