Probe into Aegina boat crash that killed 2 broth­ers

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A probe was launched yes­ter­day into a col­li­sion be­tween a fish­ing boat and a wa­ter tanker ves­sel off the Sa­ronic is­land of Aegina ear­lier in the day that left two broth­ers dead.

The two fish­er­men, aged 62 and 74, drowned after their boat, the Pana­gi­o­tis, cap­sized and sank fol­low­ing the col­li­sion which oc­curred 2.5 nau­ti­cal miles off the is­land’s coast at around 7.30 a.m. amid fair and calm con­di­tions.

The bod­ies of the two vic­tims were re­cov­ered by the crew of the tanker, the Aegina, ac­cord­ing to sources, and the lat­ter’s cap­tain and another crew mem­ber were de­tained for ques­tion­ing in con­nec­tion with the tragedy.

Mean­while mem­bers of the Hel­lenic Coast Guard’s spe­cial un­der­wa­ter de­mo­li­tion team were dis­patched to the scene to de­ter­mine what might have caused the crash.

The Aegina struck the Pana­gi­o­tis on the right-hand side of the stern, ac­cord­ing to sources who said the fish­ing boat sank within 5 min­utes of the im­pact.

Both ves­sels sought to avert the col­li­sion at the last minute, but to no avail, the same sources in­di­cated.

The is­land’s mayor, Dim­itris Mourtzis, ex­pressed shock at the ac­ci­dent in com­ments to Kathimerini. “The weather wasn’t bad, vis­i­bil­ity was good. I don’t know what went wrong,” he said. “Per­haps it was a case of mis­cal­cu­la­tion.” “I’m shocked,” he added. "The two broth­ers loved the sea. They were hard­work­ing peo­ple, fish­er­men since they were young.”

The in­ci­dent came less than a year after four peo­ple in­clud­ing a 9-year-old child, were killed in a col­li­sion be­tween a speed­boat and a tourist ves­sel off the same is­land.

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