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The Greek coast guard said rescue crews spotted the man in the stern of the ship. He’s a truck driver from Lithuania, according to reports CNN Greek. The man must be safe.

There are also divers searching for other missing persons.

On Friday, a fire broke out in the boat that was on its way from the Greek city of Igoumenitsa to Italy.

The 280 passengers were evacuated from the ship and taken to the island of Corfu. Two people who caught fire on Friday night were rescued.

Wait for rescue for four hours

Fahri Özgen is one of those rescued. He told AFP that he waited four hours while the fires around him burned.

– 250 people shouted and screamed. He adds that some jumped into the sea.

All the missing are truck drivers, seven from Bulgaria, three from Greece, one from Turkey and one from Lithuania.

The Greek Coast Guard stated that two of the rescued passengers were two men from Afghanistan who were not on the passenger lists. Thus they fear that there may be more missing than is known.

There were many Turkish drivers on board the ship. Here they leave Corfu after being rescued from the burning boat.

Photo: Petros Giannakouris / AP

Three people have been arrested

The ship is still on fire and it may take several days to put out the flames, writes the Greek weekly Protothema.

Avisa writes that it is estimated that there are about 700 tons of fuel on board.

The captain and two of the servos were arrested on Saturday morning, but they have now been released. The ship is to be towed to a safe anchorage north of Corfu.

Several survivors told Greek newspapers they were concerned about conditions on the ship.

It accommodates 150 trucks on board. It should have had 70-75 cabins, but only 50, so we had to sleep four in one, says Elias Gerontidakis for Proto Thema. His father was also on the boat, but he is still missing.

The ferry company said the 27-year-old vessel underwent a safety check on February 16 this year, according to Agence France-Presse.

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