Norman Atlantic to be sprayed with water mist

Situation 'completely under control', prosecutor says

(ANSA) - Bari, January 8 - Firefighters are to spray nebulised water inside the burning wreckage of the Norman Atlantic car ferry that caught fire on 28 January while en route from Greece to Italy in an attempt to extinguish the blaze still smouldering in the hold, Bari prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe said Thursday.
    The operation, using high-pressure water cannon, is expected to begin Friday, Volpe added. "We are trying to work out where to transfer the ferry in order to operate thereafter," the prosecutor said of the wreck that is currently at port in the southern Puglia city of Brindisi.
    "The situation is completely under control, there is no risk," added Volpe in relation to fears for safety and the environment posed by the burning vessel.
    Meanwhile investigations continue into the disaster that left at least 11 dead and forced the high-sea rescue of more than 400 passengers and crew. The probe is looking at apparent anomalies in passenger numbers as well as safety issues including the possibility of overloading.