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Aground – Passengers evacuated after ship runs aground off Myconos Nearly 300 passengers on a small cruise ship, the Ira, were safely transferred to other vessels when the Ira ran aground shortly before arriving at the island of Myconos late Saturday night. The accident occurred at 11.45 p.m. as the ship was returning from the nearby island of Delos with 280 tourists. No one was hurt. The Ira ran aground on the Kavouronisia, about 1.5 miles from Myconos harbor. The Ira was escorted into port under its own steam. SINKING Woman drowns after boat capsizes A 57-year-old woman drowned when an 8-meter fishing boat sank off the southern coast of Crete Saturday afternoon. The Capetan Nikolas, which was taking 22 passengers to a baptism at a remote chapel, sank just 10 meters off the beach of Maridaki. According to initial reports, when the engine failed, the passengers panicked and went over to one side of the boat, causing it to capsize. The woman, Garifalia Tsagari, was apparently below deck at the time and was unable to escape. Two other women were treated for shock. Police were seeking the owner and captain of the boat, Nikolaos Loulakis, who fled after the accident. Migrants. A total of 104 illegal immigrants, all Iraqi Kurds, were detained in two separate incidents on Saturday. The coast guard found 86 Kurds, including two women and two children, aboard the passenger ship Asteri early on Saturday morning off the Saronic island of Poros. They arrested the three crew members, Nikolaos Potaitis, 37, Dimitrios Potamitis, 30, and Italian national Sasso Lambertoti, 29. In northern Greece, border guards arrested Nikolaos Tsafaridis, 37, and Giorgos Mettos, 24, after finding 18 illegal immigrants in their truck. The guards gave chase after the truck failed to stop for a routine check. The immigrants had crossed the Evros River from Turkey on Friday in dinghies. Fatal race. A man has been charged with manslaughter and causing grievous bodily harm after an impromptu race between two Porsche cars on the Athens-Lamia highway Friday night ended in one of them crashing. The driver of one of the cars, 39-year-old William Dempsey, is to testify before the investigating magistrate today in connection with the death of the other driver, Michail Panagopoulos, 34, and the injuring of Panagopoulos’s wife, Ioanna Florou, 35. Flights resume. Olympic Airways resumed flights to the United States yesterday. It asked passengers to be at the airport four hours before their scheduled departure. There were two flights to New York. Passengers bound for Boston were to be transported by bus from New York. People with tickets were asked to call Olympic at 9666666 and 0801-44444. Flights to Montreal had not resumed.