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Friday 20 September 2019

Greece to raise cruise ship that sunk off Santorini in 2007

Archive picture of Santorini
Archive picture of Santorini

The Greek government has ordered the raising of a sunken cruise ship that foundered just off the holiday island of Santorini 10 years ago, leaving two passengers missing and presumed dead.

The Merchant Marine Ministry said on Friday the wreck of the Sea Diamond poses a potential environmental risk and is a hazard to shipping.

On April 5 2007, the 470-foot cruise ship struck a volcanic reef in the sea-filled crater formed by a massive volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago.

It lies more than 300 feet deep.

Nearly all the 1,600 passengers and crew were safely evacuated, but a 45-year-old French passenger and his teenage daughter are presumed to have drowned.

Divers were unable to locate any bodies.

The ministry did not say when the ship would be raised.


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