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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-13

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  • [01] Stranded tour boat evacuated

  • [01] Stranded tour boat evacuated

    The 280 passengers on board the stranded tour boat "Georgis", which ran aground on an islet north of the island of Poros in the Saronic Gulf, were all successfully evacuated onto other ships that came to its assistance on Thursday evening. The passengers were taken to the Navy training centre on Poros.

    The "Georgis" ran aground on the small islet of Platia late on Thursday afternoon. The ship had been carrying out a one-day cruise around the Saronic Gulf islands.

    Coast guard vessels were sent to assist, while other ships sailing nearby also responded to the distress call. Also sent to the scene were four Navy mine-sweepers and one torpedo boat, a C-130 aircraft, seven helicopters.

    The "Georgis" had set sail on Thursday morning from the port of Piraeus and was scheduled to stop at the islands of Aegina, Hydra and Poros before returning to Piraeus late on Thursday night. As yet, the reasons that caused the ship running aground are not known.

    Weather conditions in the area were excellent, with calm seas and blue skies, allowing the evacuation of the passengers to be carried out without great difficulties.

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