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A Ferry Sailing From Greece With 288 Passengers On Board Is Engulfed In Flames

A fire has broken out on a ferry sailing from Greece to Italy with 288 people on board, according to the Greek coast guard.

The Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia was headed to the port of Brindisi from the Greek city of Igoumenitsa when the fire broke out on Friday morning near the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea.

The coast guard said 237 passengers and 51 crew members were on board.

All passengers are safe and on rescue boats, the Greek secretary of state for the merchant navy, Kostas Katsafados, told Greek radio station Skai.

The passengers and crew were being taken to Corfu, authorities said. Weather conditions in the area were mild.

No casualties have been reported and police said three tug boats and three patrol boats were sent to help passengers.

"The captain of the Euroferry Olympia asked the passengers to leave the boat," police said.

A video uploaded on Greek news website Proto Thema showed a ferry engulfed in flames and huge plumes of smoke.

The incident took place around 4.30am (0130 GMT) off the northern coast of Corfu, between Greece and Albania, the Greek coast guard said.

The cause of the fire is not yet known and an investigation has begun, according to the Greek coast guard.

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