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Speedboat Crashes into Fishing Boat; 2 dead, 1 Seriously Injured

August 10, 2019

ATHENS, Greece — The 44-year old driver of a speedboat that crashed into a small wooden fishing boat in the sea region of Thini in the region of Argolida on Friday resulting into the death of two men and the serious injury of a woman, gave blood sample for alcohol testing on Saturday.

On board the fishing-boat were three persons, two men aged 60 and 70 and a woman aged 60 that according to information were siblings. The rescuers recovered the bodies of the two men and the injured woman that was transferred to an Athens hospital.

The driver of the speedboat, that was carrying ten tourists from France, appeared voluntarily with his lawyer on Saturday to the port authority of Porto Heli.

The passengers of the speedboat are all well.

Safety in sea among the government’s first priorities, says Shipping Min Plakiotakis

Shipping and Island Policy Minister Yiannis Plakiotakis expressed his deep sorrow over the death of two men in the sea region of Thini in the region of Argolida on Friday evening, speaking on Saturday to Athens-Macedonian News Agency.

He said that from the first moment the ministry took action and the Prime Minister was informed.

The minister said that the checks on speedboats and yachts are conducted all over the year but have intensified during the summer adding that over 10,696 checks have been conducted and 836 fines have been imposed.

Plakiotakis said that the safety in sea is his ministry and the government’s first priority adding that international initiatives are expected to be taken for the drastic decline of the accidents in the sea.

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