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Shipping in the Aegean resumed

04 January 2016 / 12:01:24  GRReporter
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Bad weather and strong winds in the Aegean and Ionian seas caused two accidents with ferries, but without consequences for their passengers.

The Zakynthos 1 ferry hit against the quay at Kyllini port upon arriving there. There is no information about casualties among the 23 passengers on board. The ferry was also carrying eight cars and three TIR-trucks that were not damaged due to the hit.

The Vitsentsos Kornaros ferry had problems while departing from Kissamos port in the area of ​​Chania in Crete. The hit against the pier damaged the ship waterline.

The ferry was supposed to leave for Piraeus on the route Kissamos - Antikithira - Kythira - Piraeus to carry 16 passengers, 2 cars and 2 TIR-trucks. After the incident, the shipping company transported the passengers to Chania at its expense and will reimburse the cost of tickets.

Due to strong winds of 8-9 on the Beaufort scale on Sunday afternoon, the Blue Star Naxos ferry postponed its run from Piraeus port to the Cycladic islands, Blue Star 1 to the islands of Chios and Lesbos, and the Nisos Rhodes ferry to Samos, Chios and Lesbos.

Only the planned trips from Piraeus to Crete were carried out smoothly. No trips were carried out on the routes Agia Marina - Nea Styra, Kavala - Thassos and Lixouri - Argostoli.

Some trips on the internal routes between the Cycladic islands were cancelled too.

After the stormy winds and extremely severe weather conditions in the Greek seas over the weekend, all sea routes were resumed early Monday.

Meanwhile, six mountaineers were found late last night, who lost their way on Mount Parnitha near Athens. The fire team members who were looking for the two men and four children found them near the Skipiza area and took them to the road for them to return to their homes.

According to the police, the mountaineers lost their way in the mountain when they lost their orientation. As they were late in coming home, the wife of one of the men called her husband on his mobile phone at 6:30 pm. He told her that the group had lost its orientation. The woman immediately called the police and the operation to find them started half an hour later to end shortly after 9:00 pm.

Despite the improved weather conditions in most of Greece, temperatures remain low in the north. Significantly, in Kastoria and Florina the temperature was about -2°C early in the morning. Low temperatures resulted in icy roads and traffic difficulties.

According to the Hellenic National Meteorological Service, the weather will further deteriorate at noon today, with snowfalls in the Western Macedonia region and the mountainous parts of Central and Eastern Macedonia.

Tags: NewsBad weatherProblems in shippingKissamosZakynthosPiraeusFerriesHit against the port quayMountaineers in distress
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