Speedboat and tourist vessel collided off the Greek island of Aegina

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Coastguard vessels and nearby private boats rescued at least 21 people. The tourist boat captain deceased. It was unclear what the nationalities were of those on the tourist boat. A navy helicopter, three coastguard patrol boats and several fishing and leisure craft nearby searched the area for several hours after the accident, which happened shortly after 1pm local time (2pm GMT). Police and the port authorities were questioning the speedboat’s three occupants, including its owner. Aegina’s proximity to the Greek capital makes it a popular destination for Greeks and foreign tourists. “We express our deepest sorrow for the tragic accident in the maritime area of Aegina,” a statement from the Greek political party Syriza said.

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