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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-14

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  • [01] Probe into maritime accident

  • [01] Probe into maritime accident

    The captain that ran the tour boat "Georgis" aground with 278 foreign tourists on board will be led before a Piraeus public prosecutor, the coast guard said on Friday. The accident, where the tourist vessel ran aground on Platia, an islet north of the island of Poros in the Saronic Gulf, occurred on Thursday in excellent weather conditions.

    They said the captain will be charged with causing a shipwreck through negligence, as a misdemeanour.

    According to statements taken by coast guard officers, Captain Antonis Spetsiotis was not on the bridge at the time of the accident while conditions at sea were fair and the boat was on a well-known route that it travelled daily.

    On the bridge at the time were the "watch", consisting of the a junior officer and a seaman at the wheel, carrying out orders given to him by the officer.

    The ship, which was carrying out a one-day cruise of the Saronic Gulf islands, is still grounded after all the passengers were safely evacuated on Thursday afternoon until the breach in its hull is sealed. The rescued passengers arrived at Piraeus late on Thursday evening.

    Caption: The vessel ''Georgis" on Friday, 14 March 2008. ANA-MPA/VASSILIS PSOMAS

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