Aegina probe has way to go

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A crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tor prob­ing Wednesday’s col­li­sion be­tween a wa­ter tanker ves­sel and a fish­ing boat off the is­land of Aegina yes­ter­day told a Pi­raeus court that fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion was nec­es­sary to de­ter­mine the causes of the tragedy that left two broth­ers, aged 62 and 74, dead. Mean­while the cap­tain and a crew mem­ber of the wa­ter tanker were re­leased with­out charge.

The lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the two sus­pects told the court that the crew used all means at their dis­posal to at­tempt to warn the two fish­er­men to move away. The cap­tain said he was shat­tered over the ac­ci­dent and ex­pressed his sor­row to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims, who are to be buried to­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the fish­er­men were busy gath­er­ing their nets when the wa­ter tanker started bear­ing down on them and could not hear its cap­tain shout­ing at them. The cap­tain tried to steer clear of the fish­ing boat but failed, plow­ing into the smaller, wooden ves­sel and smashing it.

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