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Four killed in boat collision in Greece

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-08-17 02:10

Four people died and another four were injured, while there were fears for missing people after a collision between a small tour boat and a speedboat near the Greek island of Aegina in the Saronic Gulf on Tuesday, the Greek coastguard announced.

An eight-meter-long speedboat rammed into the tour boat and turned it over. As a result, all passengers fell into the sea, with four of them losing their lives and four getting injured. Among the casualties were the captain of the tour boat and a two-year-old child. The identities of the other two victims have not been revealed. All injured and rescued passengers were transferred to the Health Center of Aegina. The tour boat was transferring passengers from Perdika village in the southwest of Aegina to a beach on a near islet Moni for swimming.

Private vessels along with three watercraft of the coast guard rushed to the scene to check for survivors. The circumstances of the collision were unclear. The speedboat captain was arrested and interrogated by Greece's coast guard.

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