GREECE-ITALY-FERRY-RESCUE

TV OUT — MANDATORY CREDIT “SKAI TV”
A photo grabbed from the Greek television channel “Skai” shows a life raft from the burning Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry, on December 28, 2014. Desperate passengers pleaded by mobile phone live on TV to be saved from a burning ferry off the Greek island of Corfu on December 28 as rescuers battled gale-force winds to get to them. But with gusts of up to 100 kilometres (60 miles) per hour making rescue difficult and dangerous, the crew has so far only managed to get 150 of the 478 people off the stricken “Norman Atlantic”, Greek officials said. Seas were so violent that only 56 of those have so far been lifted from a lifeboat to a tanker that came to their aid, Greek Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said hours into the emergency. AFP PHOTO / SKAI TV (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)