Status: 27.11.2023, 09:58 a.m.
Paramedics transfer a survivor of a shipwreck to a hospital on Lesvos. © Panagiotis Balaskas/AP/dpa
A freighter sinks in stormy seas. Several crew members are missing. A survivor is now making accusations against the captain.
Athens - After the sinking of a freighter in bad weather southwest of the Greek island of Lesbos, the search for the twelve missing sailors continues. On Monday morning, according to the Coast Guard, in addition to four of its own boats, a helicopter and seven ships that happened to be in the vicinity were in use. Strong winds continued to prevail in the region.
The ship had sunk in stormy seas on Sunday. One crew member was rescued, another was found dead. So far, it is unclear why the crew did not get to safety with lifeboats. According to media reports, the survivor is said to have clung to a barrel and was found by the crew of a rescue helicopter.
Water ingress already at night?
Meanwhile, the man made accusations against the captain of the ship "Raptor". According to this, there were already problems with the engines and a water ingress on the freighter on Sunday night, which the captain had not reported. This was reported by a spokesman for the Greek coast guard on Monday on the ERT channel.
The captain did not send information about an engine failure until Sunday around 7:00 a.m. and then sent the distress signal "Mayday" about an hour and a half later. Shortly thereafter, the freighter disappeared from radar. A water ingress and mechanical defects combined with the heavy weather had caused the accident, said the spokesman for the coast guard. The captain should have reported the water intrusion immediately so that the operations centre could have initiated rescue measures more quickly. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
According to the maritime portal "Marinetraffic.com", the ship was on its way from Egypt to Istanbul under the flag of the island state of Comoros. The crew members are said to be from Syria, India and Egypt. The cargo is said to have been salt. Dpa