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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-12-27

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] SYN: 'Until when...?'
  • [02] Ship fire toll climbs to 9

  • [01] SYN: 'Until when...?'

    The Coalition of the Radical Left, Movements and Ecology (SYN) party expressed its deep grief and condolences to the families of the seamen who perished in a Christmas Day fire aboard the Greek bulk carrier "Aegean Wind" off Venezuela.

    However, it added, beyond the grief and condolences, "we wish to put forward a question: Until when will our seamen be paying this blood toll, until when will the necessary measures that will reduce the chances of such accidents not be taken?"

    "No material cost is above the human lives," SYN added.

    Caption: File photo of Tsipras (ANA-MPA/S. Pantzartzi)

    [02] Ship fire toll climbs to 9

    The death toll from a fire that broke out on board the Greek-owned freighter "Aegean Wind" on Christmas Day as it was sailing off Venezuela reached nine over the weekend as the bodies of the last three missing seamen were recovered.

    Six of nine merchant seamen reported missing after a fire on board the Greek bulk carrier "Aegean Wind", owned by Athens-based Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd., had been recovered dead by the Venezuelan coast guard early on Saturday.

    The discovery of another missing Filipino crew man later on Boxing Day, in addition to the three Greek seamen and two Filipinos already found earlier, had brought the overall tally of dead to six, while rescuers on Saturday evening found and recovered the bodies of the last three members of the crew still missing.

    Authorities have yet to discover what caused the fire, which began in the vessel's mess hall and quickly spread throughout the ship while it was sailing off the coast of Venezuela. The ship had a crew of 24, nine of them Greeks. It was laden with steel and had set off from Brazil heading for Houston, Texas.

    The fire, which broke out as the vessel was sailing 33 kilomters off the Venezuelan island of La Blanquilla, was put out on Friday night and a Greek coast guard officer is heading to Venezuela to assist the return of the Greek seamen to Greece.

    In addition to the nine casualties, five people sustained minor injuries, including two Greek crewmen and a Greek female trainee officer. They were taken to a nearby island for treatment.

    Caption: Hand-out photo of Greek bulk carrier "Aegean Wind". (EPA)


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