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hakmat April 5th, 2007 04:06 PM

Cruise Ship Runs Aground - Sinks
Santorini, Greece - The cruise ship Sea Diamond, with 1,600 people aboard, is sinking off the coast of the Greek island of Santorini. :shock:

The Greek-flagged Sea Diamond issued a distress signal after running aground and is taking on water, according to local news reports.

Passengers were reported to be boarding lifeboats and abandoning the ship.

More than a dozen ships and five navy rescue helicopters are helping with the evacuation effort.

Many of the 1,200 passengers on board are from Germany and the United States, local news reports said.

NOTE: The ship was evacuated and shortly afterward sank.

Billalford April 5th, 2007 07:47 PM

If it ran aground how is it sinking? It would seem that if it hit ground the water would be too shallow for it to sink.

candipinki April 6th, 2007 08:53 AM

I saw on the news this morning that it sunk at 7am Greek time. I can't believe a cruise ship sunk!!!

candipinki April 6th, 2007 08:56 AM

hakmat April 6th, 2007 12:03 PM

There are now reports that at least two passengers are missing and presumed dead. According to some passengers, water was entering their cabin so quickly that they almost could not get out.

I'm a newbie here so I don't mean to offend but I have seen several posts on this message board almost dismissing the life boat drills and downplaying the importance of them. I wonder if anyone on the Sea Diamond thinks they were frivolous now?

Just a thought.
Yours aye,

Phil&Liz April 6th, 2007 01:05 PM

It's tue some make fun of the drills but really I think we all know it is important to know these things. The time to ask "where is my lifevest? " is not when the ship is sinking.

As a former US Navy seaman I have extensive training in this area and I am confident in my survival skills at sea. It is very important to be familiar with life saving measures before anything occurs.

I am just relieved that there are but 2 lost souls, tho 2 too many for the families involved. I heard that the crew were running about franticly, but still the passengers were removed prior to her sinking. Fast action on many persons part was responsible.

Phil & Liz

ready2gonow April 6th, 2007 02:07 PM

I agree with the above poster that we all laugh about the life boat drills, but we know the importance of them. It is no different from being familiar with evacuation routes when in a hotel or a building.

Ro April 7th, 2007 06:07 PM

I heard on the news they charged the Captain and Crew at fault for this ship sinking.

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