Published: Thu, August 18, 2016
World | By Carl Welch

Tourist boat, speedboat collision in Greece leaves 4 dead

Tourist boat, speedboat collision in Greece leaves 4 dead

Update 2pm: At least three people, including a child, have died and another four are injured in a collision between a speedboat and a tourist vessel, the Greek Coast Guard has said.

Greece's coast guard rescued 59 migrants from an inflatable dinghy off the island of Kos Wednesday while a second vessel reported in trouble was picked up by Turkish authorities.

Among the dead includes a two-year-old child, a man, and the operator of one of the boats, according to unverified reports.

At least four other people were injured in the crash, the coastguard said.

Witnesses said the impact of the speedboat split the excursion boat into two parts, tossing its occupants into the water, before it sank on Tuesday.

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It is so far not known how many people were onboard the speedboat involved in the collision.

Officials have estimated that around 15-20 people were on the tourist boat when it crashed en route to the deserted island of Moni.

Four bodies have been recovered and 21 people have been rescued from the Saronic Gulf. Two of the injured were in serious condition. "I cannot understand how something like this can happen", Aegina's Mayor Dimitris Mourtzis told the Greek broadcaster Skai.

The tour boat was transferring passengers from Perdika village in the southwest of Aegina to a beach on a near islet Moni for swimming.

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

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