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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Two vessels collide off Southern Greece, Cargo ship sank

A cargo ship sank off southern Greece after colliding with another freighter Monday, leaving two Syrian seamen dead and eight others missing and spurring a large rescue operation, officials said.
The accident occurred before 7am (0400GMT) some 125 kilometres southwest of the southern Peloponnese peninsula, a Merchant Marine Ministry statement said.
It was not immediately clear what caused the collision between the Antigua-flagged container ship and the Cook Islands-flagged research vessel in the Mediterranean Sea.
Weather conditions were good at the time, which facilitated rescue efforts involving coast guard vessels, merchant ships, a rescue helicopter and an airforce C-130 transport plane, The Associated Press reported.
The research vessel, which was carrying a cargo of fertilizer to a Ukrainian port, sank, and seven of its crew of 17 Syrian seamen were rescued. Two bodies were pulled out of the sea a few hours after the collision.
The container ship, sailing without freight from Turkey to Malta, had 16 Russian, Filipino and Polish seamen on board, all were unhurt, the ministry said.

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