Search patrols continue for missing sailors after cargo ship sinks of Peloponnese

Greek coast guard officers continued on Tuesday a major rescue operation for the location of eight Syrian sailors who went missing after a cargo ship collided with another vessel and sank off the southeastern coast of the Peloponnese, western Greece, on Monday. Two bodies were recovered on the same day.

The incident occurred shortly before 7 a.m. near the island of Sapienza when the Cook Islands-flagged Piri Reis, carrying fertilizer to Ukraine, sank after colliding with the Consouth, a vessel registered in Antigua and Barbuda. While the former sank in seven minutes, according to local authorities, the latter suffered only minor damage.

On board the Piri Reis were a total of 17 Syrian sailors.

The 16-member crew of the Consouth were unhurt.

According to authorities there was no risk of pollution in the area.