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Storm thwarts bid to tow fire-ravaged ferry in Adriatic

Fire-ravaged ferry still can't be towed to Italy so search for bodies, cause can begin

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 a person is lifted from the deck of the Italian-flagged fer...
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 a person is lifted from the deck of the Italian-flagged fer...
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 rescue equipment is unloaded from a helicopter a board of t...
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferr...
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...
In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 a tug boat passengers sprays water on the Italian-flagged f...

Greece Ferry Fire

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...

Greece Ferry Fire

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...

Greece Ferry Fire

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...

Greece Ferry Fire

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 a person is lifted from the deck of the Italian-flagged fer...

Greece Ferry Fire

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 a person is lifted from the deck of the Italian-flagged fer...

Greece Ferry Fire

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...

Greece Ferry Fire

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...

Greece Ferry Fire

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 rescue equipment is unloaded from a helicopter a board of t...

Greece Ferry Fire

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...

Greece Ferry Fire

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...

Greece Ferry Fire

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferr...

APTOPIX Greece Ferry Fire

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...

Greece Ferry Fire

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 passengers of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic wai...

Greece Ferry Fire

In this image taken from a Dec. 28, 2014 video and made available Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 a tug boat passengers sprays water on the Italian-flagged f...

BRINDISI, Italy (AP) -- Bad weather in the Adriatic Sea is thwarting efforts to tow a fire-ravaged ferry to Italy, so authorities can search it for more possible dead and investigate the cause of the blaze that killed at least 11 people.

Bari prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe was quoted as saying the Norman Atlantic ferry was attached to a tug but towing was not immediately possible. He told the ANSA news agency that 98 people are still unaccounted for. It's not clear if they ever boarded the ferry or perhaps died in the fire or the sea.

A pre-dawn fire raced Sunday through the ferry, which left Greece on Saturday bound for Italy. Hundreds of survivors have been rescued but the exact number is not known. A cargo ship brought dozens more Wednesday to Italy.