Sep 27, 2000, 12:01 AM
News Code: 9057573
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rises disaster ferry Greek in toll Death announced ministry marine merchant Greece's -- IRNA 27, .Sept Athens, the in disaster ferry a in lives their lost people 35 that Wednesday number fatality the put reports media but night Tuesday sea Aegean .higher were dozens and died people 40 said TV ''Alpha'' private Greek ran Samina'' ''Express ship passenger Greek the when missing still at seas rough in Paros of island Aegean the off sank and aground .time local .m.p 20:10 around is which islet, Portes the rammed Samina 4,407-ton 450-foot, The .light navigation a has and charts maritime on marked Andreas chief guard Coast "it, see to not blind be to have You" .said Sirigos the for responsible is error'' ''human said reports Media .accident shipping worst Greece's of one as considered disaster ill-fated the of captain Greek the that reporters told Survivors .accident the of time the during match football a watching was vessel the hitting after minutes 20 about sank vessel 34-year-old The .Paros of island the off miles two about winds gale strong in rocks islets, nearby to swam and sea the into jumped survivors Many sea Aegean the of waters The .boats fishing by saved were some while islets nearby the to swim to survivors the helped that warm still is .rocks and out ran I .bang loud a heard I when cabin my in sleeping was ''I a on put I .panic in around running people saw and cabin the of Greek told survivor young one waters,'' the into jumped and life-vest .TVs the to due him lost later but arms my in baby a clutched ''I .survivor shocked another said waves,'' strong friends and relatives anxious of images showed televisions Local Athens in ministry marine merchant the outside waiting passengers of .news for waiting Paros of harbor the in and a retrieving helicopter army Greek a of video a played TV Alpha .ashore washed were rafts life and Vests .waters the from body warships British by aided ships, navy and planes force air Greek for area the searching are exercise naval a in part taking are which .survivors Samina, Express of owner the Dolphins, Flying Minoan to According .boat the aboard members crew 63 and passengers 447 were there of port Athens the from runs scheduled regularly makes ferry The .Paros via Samos of island the to Piraeus islands of hundreds linking service ferry extensive an has Greece .mainland the with Aegean the in NK/JH End