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Charred hull of Norman Atlantic reaches port for full search

The Norman Atlantic ferry is moored at the port of Brindisi, Italy, on January 2, 2015The burned-out Norman Atlantic ferry was towed into the southern Italian port of Brindisi Friday, six days after a mid-sea fire led to 13 deaths and forced the rescue of 477 passengers. Italian officials investigating the calamity ordered the vessel’s return to port so it can be thoroughly searched for other possible victims, and for evidence into the cause of the fiery disaster. The Bari prosecutor leading the Italian inquiry, Giuseppe Volpe, fears the Italian-owned, Greek-operated ferry may still hold the bodies of illegal immigrants and other passengers who died in the accident, but were not accounted for in the provisional death toll. Ettore Cardinali, the investigating magistrate working under Volpe in the case, made an initial inspection of the Norman Atlantic on Friday afternoon, during which he was able to recover the vessel’s “black box” data recorder.

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