Turkish nationals trapped on board then rescued from Italian-flagged ferry brought in home with one still missing, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported on Sunday.
Erdem Kutlu, Diplomat of the Consulate General of Turkey in Athens, declared 26 Turkish citizens, of whom 23 truck driverswere rescued from the ferry and placed in hotels on the island of Corfu.
Some of the passengers received medical attention.
A total of 288 passengers were trapped on board the ferry that caught fire Friday en route to Italy. No casualties were reported other than the missing Turk national as efforts to find and rescue them are underway.
“We are in contact with the Greek coast guard, the hospital and the Greek police to determine son fate. I hope he is well,” said Mustafa Somuncu, Turkish Consul. general in Athens, on Saturday.
Temporary passports were issued to rescued Turkish nationals whose passports had gone missing during the incident, and they were taken to Istanbul.
Fahri Ozgen, one of Turkish citizens rescued from the burning ferry, told AA the ordeal They went that way.
Thanking President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Somuncu and Murat Ömeroğlu, the Turkish Consul general in Komotini (Gümülcine), for their efforts, Özgen said the trapped nationals encountered difficulties in the first some hours after the fire broke out corn help came soon after.
“They didn’t leave us alone there,” he said.
“The ferry is always on fire. We have a missing friend, and we still don’t have one news on the situation. We are always in shock,” he said.
Another national TurkishUğur Rüşvenli also says disaster ‘cannot be explained with words” and thanked Turkish officials for their help.
Hakan Ulusoy, another Turk national rescued from the ferry, also thanked the Turkish authorities.
“We are still trying to recover. Our vehicles and moneyall burned down,” he said.
Hayrullah Çetin, another saved Turk, also thanked Turkish officials for their support.
“We have been touched by our state’s efforts to save us. We thank our country, our consuls general in Athens in Komotini for Their efforts. A of our friends had no socks to wear and our consul general took a pair of son bag and gave them to him. This is how many they took care of us,” he said.
“Our state has not let us are suffering, we thank our officials.
In an earlier statement, the Greek Coast Guard said 237 passengers and 51 crew members were on board. No casualties were reported and police said three tugs and three patrol boats were dispatched to help passengers.
The Incident took place around 4:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. GMT) off the north coast of Corfu, between Greece and Albania, a official of the Greek Coast Guard press office told Agence France-Presse (AFP).
the cause of the fire is not yet known and an investigation has begun, the agency said.