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Burned Ferry Bound for Inspection in Italy

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Norman Atlantic ferry captain Argilio Giacomazzi talks with journalists outside his home in Campiglia, near La Spezia, Italy, Jan. 1, 2015.

Norman Atlantic ferry captain Argilio Giacomazzi talks with journalists outside his home in Campiglia, near La Spezia, Italy, Jan. 1, 2015.

A badly burned ferry is on its way to Italy for inspection, with officials still unsure how many passengers and crew are missing after the vessel caught fire in the Adriatic Sea.

Tugboats began pulling the ship toward the southern Italian port of Brindisi late Thursday. Authorities aim to search the ferry for bodies and clues of what might have caused a fire on board.

The Norman Atlantic ferry, enroute from Greece to Italy, caught fire Sunday, leaving at least 11 people dead.

Greece and Italy have issued significantly different figures for the number of missing. Greece says 18, while Italy says as many as 98. It's not even clear how many people were on board. More than 470 were rescued.

The captain of the ferry, Argilio Giacomazzi, made his first comments to reporters Thursday, saying "we did our best, with the help of God. We did our best."

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