Six Brits are reported to have been on board a car ferry which caught fire as it sailed from Patras in Greece to Ancona in Italy.

The incident, in terrible weather conditions, sparked what Greek authorities described as their most difficult rescue mission ever on Sunday.

According to the BBC a British family of four and an engaged couple were on the Norman Atlantic.

Although some of the passengers were rescued many remained onboard enduring awful conditions on the ferry’s deck as they escaped the flames.

One passenger was reported to have died having jumped overboard and another was injured.

The Italian navy were called in to help the rescue mission and it confirmed 221 people had been rescued as of this morning (Monday December)29.