One dead after ship sinks off Greek island

A navy helicopter picked up one crew member from the Raptor cargo ship who was taken to Lesbos Normal Hospital (Manolis LAGOUTARIS)

Greek rescuers on Sunday have been looking for 12 folks lacking after a ship sank in gale-force winds off the Aegean island of Lesbos, with the authorities discovering one crew member lifeless and saving one other.

A helicopter final flew to the wreck website at 7:00 pm (1700 GMT) whereas seven vessels, a coastguard vessel and a frigate have been to proceed combing the realmĀ all evening lengthy, the Greek coastguard instructed AFP.

The physique of a person was earlier situated and brought to the port of Mytilene, the capital of Lesbos, a press release mentioned.

Within the morning, a navy helicopter had picked up one crew member from the Comoros-flagged Raptor cargo ship who was taken to Lesbos Normal Hospital alive.

The ERT state-run information web site mentioned the person, an Egyptian, was discovered floating on a barrel and in good well being regardless of head wounds.

“He’s in a state of shock,” coastguard spokesman Nikos Alexiou had instructed AFP.

The destiny of the opposite 12 was not instantly clear however hopes have been dimming as darkness fell.

Authorities mentioned the Raptor, which was carrying 14 crew members and was loaded with salt, went down 4.5 nautical miles southwest of Lesbos, close to the Turkish coast, early Sunday.

The 106-metre (348-foot) ship, inbuilt 1984, had sailed from Dekheila, Egypt, heading for Istanbul.

The Athens Information Company (ANA), quoting the vessel’s working firm primarily based in Lebanon, mentioned the crew included 11 Egyptians, two Syrians and one Indian.

In line with the authorities, the ship first reported a mechanical failure at 7:00 am native time.

At 8:20 am, the captain reported that the ship was itemizing and activated the “mayday” misery sign earlier than disappearing from the radar, Alexiou instructed AFP.

In line with ANA, the closely laden vessel was believed to have taken on water within the maintain as a consequence of sturdy waves, inflicting it to record and sink.

Media stories mentioned it carried 6,000 tonnes of salt.

– ‘Harmful climate’ warning –

Ships remained docked throughout a number of components of Greece over the weekend, with wind speeds reaching 9-10 on the Beaufort scale, or sturdy gale to storm drive.

An emergency climate warning by the Hellenic Nationwide Meteorological Service (EMY) was upgraded on Saturday from “worsening climate” to “harmful climate phenomena”, as Storm Oliver (additionally referred to as Bettina) moved from the Adriatic Sea towards Greece.

Earlier this month, a historic Greek warship was broken by gale-force winds after repeatedly hitting a dock.

There may be to this point no report of sea air pollution.

“We do not anticipate an oil spill, at the least an intensive one, as a result of there was no collision. Now we’re specializing in finding the sailors,” a senior coastguard supply instructed AFP.

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