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Britons hurt in Greece boat crash

British tourists are feared injured after a ship crashed into a dock on the Greek island of Kos.

The catamaran was travelling from the Turkish resort of Didim to Kos with 209 passengers, most of them from the UK, and six crew members on board when the accident happened.

Five passengers were seriously injured and 20 sustained minor injuries. None of the injuries are thought to be life threatening, the Ministry of Mercantile Marine in Greece said.

The injured are being treated in a local hospital, with those most seriously hurt suffering from broken bones.

A ministry spokeswoman said the Aegean Cat catamaran, which had a Turkish flag, had been chartered by a holiday company.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Our consular staff are urgently looking into this."

Kos is near the Turkish coast and is a popular destination for day-trippers from Turkey.

David Gerasklis, deputy mayor of Kos Town and vice president of Kos Port Authority, said the catamaran crashed into the pier twice. He blamed a technical problem.

"After it hit the first time, it reversed about 20 metres and then hit the pier again. The second time was worse, as passengers were standing up to see what was happening. Some of them were injured with broken glass inside the boat."

"They were taken to hospital for first aid but most of them are now outside the hospital and will probably go back to Turkey on another boat this afternoon."

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