September 29, 2000 |
Four officers and crew members were charged with murder Thursday over a ferry sinking that killed at least 66 people, but one of the suspects blamed bad weather for the disaster. "Bad weather stopped us turning the boat," said Anastasios Psychoyos, captain's deputy of the Express Samina, which crashed into rocks Tuesday just outside the main port of this resort island. "The weather pushed us on the rocks. We had maintained a safe distance," he told reporters, without giving further details.
September 28, 2000 |
Greek authorities accused a sea captain and four crewmen of criminal negligence Wednesday in the drowning deaths of at least 62 people after their ferry struck a well-marked rocky islet in the Aegean Sea, reportedly as most of the crew watched a televised soccer match. After 24 hours of frantic rescue efforts hampered by gale-force winds, Greece's Merchant Marine Ministry reported that 448 people thrown into rough, darkened waters late Tuesday had been saved.
September 27, 2000 |
A Greek ferry carrying 510 passengers sank after hitting a reef near the Aegean Sea island of Paros, killing at least 40 people, the Greek coast guard said today. Officials said more than 400 people had been rescued and 46 were missing after the Express Samina ran aground and sank amid gale-force conditions. A member of the coast guard died of a heart attack during the nighttime rescue operation. Doctors and emergency crews were being airlifted to Paros from nearby islands.