Sailor dies in collision at sea

One person was killed on board a cargo ship that collided with another vessel near the Cycladic island of Amorgos early yesterday, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. It was not immediately clear what caused the collision between the Greek ship Kapetan Michalis and the Malta-flagged Santana northeast of Amorgos. The Greek vessel, which was carrying cement from Karpathos to Myconos, sank immediately. One of the nine-man crew drowned. He was named as Nikos Drosos, the ship’s 70-year-old cook. The crew of a passenger ferry recovered his body at 7 a.m. A third cargo ship rescued the other eight crew members – six Greeks, a Romanian and an Irishman. The ship’s captain was injured in the collision and taken to hospital. None of the 20 sailors on board the Santana, carrying sheet metal from Ukraine to Thailand, was hurt in the accident. The vessel was towed to the island of Syros for repairs.