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Albanian tugboat sailor killed, another seriously hurt in operation to secure Greek ferry

  • In this image released by the Italian Navy, smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Fighting high winds and stormy seas, helicopter rescue crews on Monday evacuated the last of hundreds of people trapped aboard a Greek ferry that caught fire off Albania. The death toll climbed to eight as survivors told of a frantic rush to escape the flames and pelting rain. The evacuation of the ferry was completed in the early afternoon with the rescue of 427 people, including 56 crew members, said Italy's transport minister, Maurizio Lupi. The original ferry manifest listed 422 passengers and 56 crew members, but Lupi said it was premature to speculate on whether people were still missing. He suggested that there might have been some people who reserved a spot on the ferry but did not board. (AP Photo/Italian Navy, ho)

    In this image released by the Italian Navy, smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Fighting high winds and stormy seas, helicopter rescue crews on Monday evacuated the last of hundreds of people trapped aboard a Greek ferry that caught fire off Albania. The death toll climbed to eight as survivors told of a frantic rush to escape the flames and pelting rain. The evacuation of the ferry was completed in the early afternoon with the rescue of 427 people, including 56 crew members, said Italy's transport minister, Maurizio Lupi. The original ferry manifest listed 422 passengers and 56 crew members, but Lupi said it was premature to speculate on whether people were still missing. He suggested that there might have been some people who reserved a spot on the ferry but did not board. (AP Photo/Italian Navy, ho)  (The Associated Press)

  • Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, center, speaks during a news conference regarding the rescue operation of the Norman Atlantic ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, in Piraeus port, near Athens, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Prosecutors in Italy say they fear more bodies will be found aboard the crippled ferry Norman Atlantic, adrift for the third day after a fire broke out on a car deck, with 10 people killed in the ensuing chaos. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, center, speaks during a news conference regarding the rescue operation of the Norman Atlantic ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, in Piraeus port, near Athens, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Prosecutors in Italy say they fear more bodies will be found aboard the crippled ferry Norman Atlantic, adrift for the third day after a fire broke out on a car deck, with 10 people killed in the ensuing chaos. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • An elderly woman rescued from the fire-struck ferry Norman Atlantic holds her dog as she arrives from Italy to port city of Patras, southern Greece, early Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. The blaze broke out on the car deck of the Norman Atlantic while the ferry was traveling from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona in Italy. The cause of the fire was under investigation. (AP Photo/Andreas Androutsopoulos)

    An elderly woman rescued from the fire-struck ferry Norman Atlantic holds her dog as she arrives from Italy to port city of Patras, southern Greece, early Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. The blaze broke out on the car deck of the Norman Atlantic while the ferry was traveling from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona in Italy. The cause of the fire was under investigation. (AP Photo/Andreas Androutsopoulos)  (The Associated Press)

Albanian authorities say a sailor on board an Albanian tugboat has died and another has been seriously injured during an operation to secure a stricken Greek ferry from which hundreds of people were rescued, and 10 people died, following a fire.

Dionis Dulaj, the police spokesman in the Albanian port town of Vlore, said Tuesday the two Albanian sailors were apparently hit by a rope they had been trying to attach to the Norman Atlantic, which has been drifting rudderless near Vlore. Defense Ministry spokeswoman Edlira Prendi confirmed the death and said a medical team had boarded the tug to treat the injured man. An Italian helicopter is on standby to airlift him to a hospital in Albania.

A massive rescue operation saved more than 400 people from the ferry.