Eight confirmed dead after additional bodies found on burned-out ferry off Greece

Euroferry Olympia

Rescuers in Greece have discovered six more bodies on a ferry severely damaged by a fire on its way to Italy last week, raising the death toll to eight.

Authorities said the bodies were found on the Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia during an extensive search of the vessel currently docked off the western port of Astakos.

Three more people, all believed to be truck drivers, remain missing.

The February 18 fire broke out after the ferry with 292 people on board sailed out of the north-western Greek port of Igoumenitsa, headed for Brindisi, Italy.

The reason for the blaze is still being scrutinised. The vessel’s Italian operators said it started in a vehicle section.