TIRANA, Albania – 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.