Fire on an Italian ferry at the coasts of
Travelling on a ferry can be a pleasant experience for tourists or a just a routine trip made out of necessity but when ferries make headlines in the media it is usually bad news. Just like now, when last Sunday a fire broke out near the Greek
Passengers were panicking as the heat on the ferry rose, then freezing as they stood on decks awaiting rescue. Panic set in when the floor caught fire and the paint started bubbling. One of the passengers said that on the lower deck, where the lifeboats were, their shoes were starting to melt from the heat. The wife of one of the cooks told journalists she had had a call from her husband saying: “I cannot breathe, we are all going to burn like rats – God save us.”
Most of those on board were Greek. Others came from
While in another accident the captain and the crew of a South-Korean ship were the first to leave the ship, now the captain of the ferry was the last to be rescued, more than 36 hours after sending out an emergency signal. It is not clear yet what caused the fire to break out on the car deck of the ferry.
Ferries are an important mode of transport between
Reading comprehension questions:
1. Where did the accident happen?
2. How many passengers were rescued?
3. Why was it difficult to rescue them?
4. How were the passengers rescued from the ship?
5. Where were they taken?
6. Why were passengers panicking?
7. What nationality were the passengers?
8. How long did the rescue operation take?
9. Who was the last to leave the ship?
10. What caused the fire?
1. On an Italian ferry, near the Greek
2. All of them except eight.
3. The weather was bad, there were strong winds and it was difficult to see because of the smoke.
4. By helicopter but some of them used lifeboats.
5. Most of them to other ships nearby but some of them to hospital.
6. Because it was very hot on the ship and the floor caught fire.
7. Most of them were Greek but there were many other nationalities.
8. 36 hours.
9. The captain.
10. They don’t know yet.