A Greek cruise ship carrying 480 British students on a Mediterranean cruise collided with a freighter and sank near shore today, officials said. Two aboard the ship were reported killed and some of the students were feared trapped underwater.
Small boats came to the rescue of the panicked high school students, who jumped or fell into the water from the Jupiter, a 6,300-ton cruise ship, as it sank less than a mile from Pireaus harbor, according to an official with the merchant marine ministry.
About 10 people were injured “and many more are in shock,” said Tourism Minister Nikos Skoulas.
Scores of teen-agers wrapped in blankets were crowded into the coast guard headquarters at dockside.
A spokesman for the Jupiter’s owners, Epirotiki Lines, said the ship had been rammed in the stern by an Italian automobile freighter.