Cruise ship forced to make emergency stop in Aegean, crack in hull

Other News Materials 8 May 2008 23:47 (UTC +04:00)

A Greek cruise carrying more than 1,200 passengers and crew was forced to make an emergency stop on the Aegean island of Milos after it suffered a crack in its hull, the Athens News Agency reported.

The Ministry of Merchant Marine said the Aquamarine cruise ship was heading to the island of Milos after a 1.5 metre crack was discovered above the water line in its hull shortly after leaving the southern Mediterranean island of Crete, dpa reported.

The cruise ship was initially set for the island of Santorini.

All 872 passengers and 407 crew were reported not to be in any danger.

Last year, another cruise ship sank off the island of Santorini after hitting a reef near the island's port. Two French people went missing and are presumed dead.