Posted on August 30, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

Over 1000 people were on board when a fire broke out on a passenger ferry en route to Chania, Greece.

Ro-ro passenger ferry, Eleftherios Venizelos was sailing between the islands of Hydra and Ag. Georgiou when the fire started in the car parking compartment. 

There were 875 passengers, 140 crew members and more than 200 vehicles on board at the time of the fire. 

The vessel was on the way from the Port of Piraeus to the Port of Chania. 

The coast guard, navy and other commercial vessels all joined the efforts to assist the ship. 

The 1992-built, 38,261 ton vessel was then escorted by the country's coast guard to the Port of Piraeus. 

Upon the arrival of the ship, all passengers were safely disembarked and several firefighting units started extinguishing the fire.

An investigation into the incident has been launched, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard.

Picture courtesy: AP

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