Body found on board Norman Atlantic ferry

A burnt body has been found on board the wreck of the Norman Atlantic, bringing to ten the number of passengers who died when the Italian ferry which caught fire in December.

The body was found in the cabin of a lorry, the first missing person to be discovered since the deadly fire on December 28th, Rai News reported.

The discovery was made during an inspection of the wreck in Bari, where the Norman Atlantic was towed after first being brought to Brindisi. The body has since been taken to be examined by coroners, in the hope of identifying the victim.

Ten passengers are now known to have died in the ferry disaster, with the bodies of nine people recovered from the sea immediately after the accident. An additional two seamen died during the rescue operation.

There are still 18 people missing based on the passenger list, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno reported.

Passengers may have become trapped in their vehicles as the fire spread, while there are also fears that stowaways may have died in the accident. 

Norman Atlantic photo by Kris Aria/AFP

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