Bomb hoax on Blue Star Ferry at Piraeus

Hundreds of passengers were evacuated from a Blue Star Ferry waiting to leave the port of Piraeus for the Aegean island of Naxos on Thursday morning after an anonymous caller warned that a bomb had been planted on the vessel.

Police bomb disposal experts were called to the scene shortly before 7.30 a.m. when the ferry had been scheduled to depart, evacuated the vessel and checked it but found no suspicious devices. Coast Guard officers decided to remove a truck belonging to a courrier firm from the garage of the vessel in order to inspect the several packages it was carrying but found nothing that raised concerns.

Passengers were permitted to reboard the ship which departed with a slight delay.

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