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Croatia remembers firefighters on Kornat island tragedy anniversary 

Anniversary of Kornat island tragedy marked

(Photo: HVZ/Croatian Firefighters Union)

The anniversary of the tragedy on the island of Kornat, in which 12 firefighters from Šibenik, Vodice and Tisno lost their lives, is being on Tuesday.  

On 30 August 2007, a fire broke out on the island of Kornat, part of the Kornati National Park, and a team of 23 firemen was sent in on an Mi-8 helicopter. 13 firefighters got stranded between two hills with no water and got encircled by a wall of fire.

Six were killed on the scene and six later from burns in hospital. Those who lost their lives in the tragic event 15 years ago were:

Dino Klarić
Gabrijel Skočić
Hrvoje Strikoman
Ivica Crvelin
Ivan Marinović
Marko Stančić
Ante Crvelin
Tomislav Crvelin
Josip Lučić
Karlo Ševerdija
Marinko Knežević
Ante Juričev Mikulin

Frane Lučić was the sole survivor, albeit with multiple injuries. 

This was the biggest loss of lives in the history of Croatian firefighting. 

Wreaths will be laid and candles lit today in honour of the firefighters who lost their lives. 

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