Four killed as tourist boat, speedboat collide off Greek island

16 August 2016
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Four people, including a nine-year-old girl, died and at least five were injured after a boat with about 20 people on board collided with a speedboat off the Greek holiday island of Aegina on Tuesday, officials said.

The child, the captain of the tourist boat – which sank – and two male passengers were found dead, a coast guard official said. Twenty-one people had been rescued, most of them Greek nationals.

The circumstances of the collision were unclear. The Athens News Agency reported that the speedboat rammed into the tour boat and its captain had been arrested.

The five injured were transferred to Athens, two of them with serious injuries, an official at the local health centre told Reuters.

Other people were missing, Aegina mayor Dimitris Mourtzis told Skai TV.

“It’s such a small channel, just a few minutes’ distance,” he said, referring to the waters between the port of Perdika in Aegina and the nearby uninhabited islet of Moni.

Excursions are run daily in the area. Private boats, coast guard vessels and a helicopter were searching for survivors.

About an hour away from Athens by boat, Aegina is a popular destination for both Greek and foreign visitors in summer.

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