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Greek Navy ship collides with Portuguese cargo ship

Captain of Portuguese-flagged cargo ship arrested after collision in Aegean Sea near port of Piraeus

Magda Panoutsopoulou   | 27.10.2020
Greek Navy ship collides with Portuguese cargo ship Emergency tow vessel arrives on the scene after Greek Navy Minesweeper "Kallisto" and Portuguese cargo ship "Maersk Launceston" collide offshore Port of Piraeus in Piraeus, Greece on October 27, 2020. Navy ship was reported to tilt to one side. ( Ayhan Mehmet - Anadolu Agency )

ATHENS

Two people were taken to hospital when a Greek Navy minesweeper collided with a Portuguese-flagged cargo ship outside the port of Piraeus near Athens early Tuesday, local media reported.

Skai TV reported that four members of the minesweeper Kallisto’s 27-person crew were pulled from the Aegean Sea by rescuers.

The two in hospital are there as a precaution, local media said.

The 266-meter (873-foot) Portuguese ship Maersk Launceston was headed to Turkey before the accident. Its captain was arrested and is under investigation.

The 57-meter (187-foot) minesweeper is being towed to Salamina for a damage assessment.

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