Six officers charged after Greek ship sinks

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April 7, 2007 16:14

 
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A Greek prosecutor on Saturday pressed negligence charges against the captain and five officers of a cruise ship that sank off an Aegean Sea island, state NET TV reported. The six officers were charged with causing a shipwreck through negligence, breaching international shipping safety regulations and polluting the environment, NET said. All were released pending further investigations. Two French passengers are missing following the sinking of the Sea Diamond, which hit rocks on Thursday and foundered off the coast of the Greek island of Santorini. The rest of the 1,154 passengers and 391 crew were safely evacuated. The 143-meter (469-foot) vessel hit a well-marked and charted reef in fair weather inside Santorini's sea-filled crater. The ship had been due to dock a few minutes later.

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