• Short Summary

    A FERRYBOAT CARRYING 226 PEOPLE FROM CRETE TO THE GREEK MAINLAND SANK IN ABOUT TEN MINUTES IN A STORM IN THE AEGEAN SEA EARLY TODAY (THURSDAY), ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM MANY OF THE 47 KNOWN SURVIVORS.

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    A FERRYBOAT CARRYING 226 PEOPLE FROM CRETE TO THE GREEK MAINLAND SANK IN ABOUT TEN MINUTES IN A STORM IN THE AEGEAN SEA EARLY TODAY (THURSDAY), ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM MANY OF THE 47 KNOWN SURVIVORS.

    THE FERRY LEFT CRETE FOR THE ROUTINE VOYAGE TO PIRAEUS, THE PORT OF ATHENS, WITH ITS DECKS LINED WITH CARS, LORRYLOADS OF ORANGES, AND VILLAGERS TAKING CHRISTMAS GIFTS TO RELATIVES ON THE MAINLAND.

    ALTHOUGH THE NIGHT WAS STORMY, THE "IRAKLION" SET OFF ON THE 12- HOUR CROSSING, RUN DAILY BY THE TYPALDOS LINE COMPANY. IN THE EARLY HOURS OF THIS MORNING THE FERRY SENT A DISTRESS CALL BEAMING ACROSS THE HIGH WAVES - "WE ARE IN DANGER". THEN, 13 MINUTES LATER, IT RADIOED - "S.O.S. WE ARE SINKING".

    FROM THE ON - UNTIL THE ARRIVAL IN PIRAEUS OF SOME 47 SURVIVORS - THERE WAS NO NEWS OF THE FATE OF THE "IRAKLION". THOUSANDS OF RELATIVES WAITED OUTSIDE THE SHIPPING OFFICE IN PIRAUES FOR NEWS. AN ARMADA OF SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT TOOK PART IN THE SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS, BUT ROUGH WEATHER HAMPERED RESCUE WORK.

    IN THE GREEK PARLIAMENT TONIGHT DEPUTIES EXPRESSED THEIR SYMPATHY FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS AND SOME ASKED FOR AN IMMEDIATE INQUIRY INTO THE SINKING.

    IT WAS THE WORST SEA DISASTER SINCE THE PORTUGESE LINER "SAVE" WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE OFF THE AFRICAN COAST NEAR MOZAMBIQUE IN JULY 1961 AND 259 PEOPLE PERISHED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3FEBFA8176QBHFGOJN9HWQ10K
    Media URN:
    VLVA3FEBFA8176QBHFGOJN9HWQ10K
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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