Cruise ship with 280 aboard runs aground in Aegean

March 13th, 2008 - 10:52 pm ICT by admin  

Athens, March 13 (DPA) Greek coast guard officials were conducting a major rescue operation after a cruise ship carrying 280 passengers ran aground off the Greek Aegean island of Poros Thursday. Three rescue helicopters and three coast guard vessels were reportedly in the area to assist in the evacuation of the “Giorgos”, which ran aground three nautical miles off Poros in the Saronic Gulf.

The Merchant Marine Ministry said the ship ran aground near the rocky islet of Platia and that weather conditions in the area were good, and there was no immediate danger.

News reports said the ship was leaking fuel. The vessel is one of several taking tourists on day trips between the port of Pireaus and the nearby islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra.

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