Crews rescued from two ships hit by bad weather in Aegean

The 22 crew members of a Cyprus-flagged cargo ship that ran aground off the island of Andros amid gale-force winds early on Wednesday were all in good health, coast guard officers said after rescuing 18 of them from the vessel, which was taking on water.

The 18 Filipinos were transferred to safety aboard a Super Puma rescue helicopter while four crew members remained aboard the vessel late last night as plans were under way to tow it to shore as weather conditions improved.

Meanwhile another ship that ran into trouble off the coast of Myconos on Tuesday – the Melina II passenger ferry – was towed to safety on Wednesday.

No passengers were aboard the Melina II and the seven crew members were all said to be well.