Cruise ship captain blames currents for sinking

The captain of the sunken Sea Diamond cruise ship blamed currents off a Greek island for last week’s accident, state-run television reported today.

The captain of the sunken Sea Diamond cruise ship blamed currents off a Greek island for last week’s accident, state-run television reported today.

Two French tourists have been missing since Thursday when the ship struck rocks and eventually sank off the holiday island of Santorini. All the other people on board – 1,154 passengers and 391 crew, according to operator Louis Cruise Lines - were rescued.

The ship’s Greek captain has been charged with negligence and released pending further testimony.

State-run NET television quoted from what it said were excerpts of his deposition to a public prosecutor on the island of Naxos, blaming currents off the volcanic island for the accident.

“I felt the ship, which had been on a normal course, slip to the right because of sea currents,” NET quoted him as saying. “I gave the order for a full turn left. But there was not enough time for the ship to respond.”

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