Euroferry Olympia: charred body of Greek missing in fire found

Greek 58-year-old truck driver found dead by rescuers. His son recognized him.

Only tattoos helped to identify the burnt body of a man. The 58-year-old Evangelos Malesiadas (Ευάγγελος Μαλεσιάδας) was killed in a fire on the ship. He was trapped in the cab of his truck when the fire broke out and died a martyr. His body, according to rescuers, was found Sunday afternoon in a garage. Firefighters immediately began to evacuate him.

The search for the remaining 10 missing people continues by multidisciplinary teams. Their close relatives are in suspense and hope for the best. However, with each passing hour, the hope that people will be found alive decreases, writes newsbreak.gr.

Sunday morning, one of 12 missing in the Euroferry Olympia fire found alive aft, strengthening faith in salvation and the rest. A coast guard spokesman specified that the man was a Belarusian who was driving a vehicle with Lithuanian license plates.

From the early morning of Friday 18 February, the Euroferry Olympia lit near Corfu. It carried 290 people (239 passengers and 51 crew), 25 private cars and 153 trucks. An active search is underway for 10 missing truck drivers – two Greeks, seven Bulgarians, one Turk.

It is expected that the operation to completely extinguish the vessel will last several days. After the temperature of the hot metals drops, the oil will be pumped out to prevent leakage and pollution of the marine environment. It is estimated that about 700 tons of fuel were in the ship’s tanks at the time of the fire.

Meanwhile, 10 Greek drivers who traveled on the Euroferry Olympia will go to court, demanding compensation from Grimaldi. According to the statement of their lawyer Vassilis Nulezas, the drivers will seek compensation in proportion to the damage caused to them.



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