LEROS – The hull of the passenger ferry “NISSOS KALYMNOS” was breached in two places following a collision with rocky reef west of Telendos on Monday night, while sailing from the island of Leros to the island of Kalymnos with 31 passengers and 18 crew on board.
Two cracks in the hull in the port side of the ship were found by a private diver following an inspection after the ferry arrived safely at the port of Kalymnos, where the passengers disembarked.
No injuries were reported, while the captain of the ship had informed the local Port Authority about a controlled inflow of water during the voyage to the port of Kalymnos. Two Coast Guard patrol boats, two tugs and three ferries had sped to the area to offer assistance if needed, following the incident.
According to the shipping ministry, an inspection of the “Nissos Kalymnos” showed that sea water had entered parts of the ship, while the rudder had been broken and the propeller and the shaft of the left main engine were bent. The ship has been forbidden to set sail until the damage is repaired and a floating boom has been placed around it to prevent pollution from spilling into the sea.