Greek ship runs aground, passengers wait to be evacuated

June 29th, 2008 - 3:18 am ICT by IANS  

Athens, June 29 (DPA) Rescue boats, planes and helicopters were rushing to the scene of a Greek ferry than ran aground in an islet in the Aegean, carrying more than 450 passengers, reports said. The ship, the Theofilos, was making a scheduled voyage from the Aegean island of Mytilini to Hios when it ran aground on a rocky islet, with 475 passengers and crew on board.

All the passengers were reported to be on deck wearing life jackets and waiting to be evacuated.

Dozens of coast guard boats from the nearby island of Hios, two helicopters and three planes were rushing to the area to assist in the evacuation.

The ministry of merchant marine said the conditions in the area were calm but that the ship had suffered a crack in its hull.

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