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Rescue teams working in the evening have pulled 265 people off a stricken car ferry which caught fire off of the coast of Greece but greater than 200 are stranded on board, the Italian navy said on Monday.

Helicopter crews are already slowly airlifting passengers through the upper deck in the Norman Atlantic, which ignited during the early hours of Sunday and began drifting in rough seas between Greece and Italy. Escort Dallas

A medical team and a flight operator take the vessel to help you the 213 passengers and crew who remain aboard because the rescue continues, the navy said.

After initial rescue efforts were impeded by inclemency that prevented other ships nearing the multideck ferry, Italian and Greek helicopter crews began the difficult airborne operation on Sunday afternoon.

The operation will be coordinated through the Italian navy's amphibious transport ship the San Giorgio, as you move the Norman Atlantic is towed towards southern Italian port of Brindisi. Escorts Dallas

One man was confirmed to obtain died on Sunday for you were four reported injuries. Several passengers have been flown to Galatina in southern Italy.

An italian man ,-flagged Norman Atlantic, chartered by Greek ferry operator Anek Lines, was sailing between Patros in western Greece to Ancona in Italy carrying 478 passengers and crew and more than 200 vehicles when it ignited.