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One dead in Greek tour boat blast

A mock cannon on a Greek tour boat has exploded, killing the captain and injuring six tourists off the island of Kos, authorities said.

The tourists from Germany, Belgium, Greece and the Netherlands - including two children, aged seven and nine - were taken to hospital on the east Aegean Sea island with minor injuries, the Merchant Marine Ministry said.

Twenty-two other passengers on board all disembarked unharmed at the island port of Mandraki.

The extent of the damage caused by the explosion remained unclear.

The ministry said the wooden boat was used for excursions around the island and had been fitted with the mock cannon to resemble a small pirate ship.

It was not immediately clear if gunpowder was used to simulate cannon fire.

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