NEWS

No answers in search for missing yacht crew

Coastal authorities were searching frantically late last night to locate missing crew members of a German-flagged sailboat spotted by the coast guard after the vessel ran aground in western Greece between Patras and Aigion. Blood stains were found on the deck of the 12-meter vessel, whose engine was still running. Local officials immediately launched a search-and-rescue operation in the Corinthian Gulf consisting of three coast guard vessels, a privately owned boat and a military helicopter. There has been no indication of the number of people that were aboard the boat. According to documentation found on the Pillango 3, the boat belongs to Yugoslav national Santori Imrenti. It had stopped earlier this week at the nearby city of Nafpaktos for food and supplies. The boat had been headed for the port of Piraeus.