Two Dead as Cargo Ship Sinks After Collision Off Greece

ATHENS, April 29 (RIA Novosti) – At least two crew members died and eight others are missing after their cargo ship went down following a collision off the southern Peloponnese coast of Greece on Monday morning, local media reported.

The Cook Islands-flagged Piri Reis, with 17 Syrian crew members onboard, sank within seven minutes of hitting the Antigua-flagged container ship Consouth.

Seven of the Piri Reis’ crew have been rescued, the report said. The cause of the collision was not immediately clear, reported.

Piri Reis was carrying a cargo of fertilizer from Annaba in Algeria to a port in Ukraine.

The Consouth’s crew of five Russians, ten Poles and a Filipino, were unhurt in the incident. A search and rescue operation is underway, involving a C-130 aircraft, a helicopter, coast guard ships and motor boats.


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