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Swedish captain missing after falling overboard

A 70-year-old Swedish man went missing after he fell overboard from a small tanker in the Greek Islands on Sunday, with authorities and private boats joining forces to search for the man.

Swedish captain missing after falling overboard

The Swede, who was the captain of the ship, was sailing south of the Peloponnese peninsula when the incident occurred.

“We were alerted by the chief officer who said that the captain had fallen overboard,” a merchant marine ministry spokeswoman told AFP.

“Two coastguard vessels are in the area and a number of private vessels are assisting the search. Weather conditions are good,” she said.

The Togo-flagged tanker Promise had sailed from the island of Salamis near Piraeus but its destination was unknown, the ministry said.

The ship, which was not carrying any cargo, was sailing around the south end of the island of Cythera, in the country’s south at the time of the man’s fall.

“He was onboard the tanker and had technical problems this morning, we are searching for him right now,” a police officer from Kythera told the Expressen newspaper on Sunday afternoon.

Neither the local police nor the merchant marine ministry could provide further information regarding the man’s fall.

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EARTHQUAKE

Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey

A Swedish man was one of the people killed when a violent earthquake hit Greek island Kos, Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed.

Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey
Rubble sitting outside the bar damaged by an earthquake in Kos, Greece. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

A second person killed was named as Turkish national Sinan Kurdoglu by Turkey's deputy prime minister, according to news agency the Associated Press. The men died when the roof of a bar collapsed in Kos, The Guardian reports.

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook the Greek island and Turkish tourist resort Bodrum in the early hours of Friday. Greek officials said around 200 people were injured, at least 120 on Kos and 70 in Turkey. Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed that Swedes are among the injured.

The epicentre of the earthquake, which struck at around 1.30am local time, was 10 kilometres south of Bodrum and 16 kilometres north-east of Kos which was the worst hit, reports The Guardian.


A toppled column in Kos after the earthquake. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

“I'm still in shock,” Isak Bergh from Västerås told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, explaining that paintings and mirrors fell from the walls of the hotel he was in and the power was lost.

Another reader described the scene at Rhodes airport.

“I laid on the floor and started to shake around,” Brian Ramirez explained.