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MARITIME NEWS: Supply ship sinks off Elefsina; captain’s body recovered

The body of the missing captain of a supply tanker that sank off Elefsina on Monday morning was found and recovered shortly after noon.

Divers found the body of the 48 year old trapped inside the vessel.

The Alpha 1 sank with an 11-member crew and loaded with 1.8 tons of crude oil and 253 tons of oil. The authorities have said that that there were no signs of any oil spill or pollution so far.

The rescued men have been taken to a nearby hospital for observation.

According to initial reports, the vessel, belonging to the Viamare company, sank after its hull rammed into an old submerged shipwreck.

The ship was sailing from Piraeus to nearby Elefsina when it began taking on water at around 10.30am for reasons that authorities said were not immediately clear. 

Source: http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/1/53785

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