Ferry carrying Americans can't leave Libya

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 24, 2011 11:34

VALLETTA, Malta — Americans trying to flee the chaos of Libya's uprising are stuck waiting aboard a ferry because of rough seas.

The 600-passenger ferry at Tripoli's As-shahab port, which has been chartered by the US government, was supposed to leave for Malta on Wednesday.

But a spokesman for the American Embassy in Malta said Thursday that bad weather made that impossible. Strong winds have been whipping up high waves in the Mediterranean.

The spokesman said provisions are aboard the ferry for the passengers.

Ferry officials say the boat won't be able to leave until Friday at the earliest.


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