UK holidaymakers hurt on Greek boat
British holidaymakers on a day trip to the Greek island of Kos were injured when a catamaran crashed twice as it approached the port.
Twenty-five people were taken to hospital with injuries including broken bones and cuts from shattered windows. Five of them were seriously injured, but none were thought to be in a life-threatening condition.
Most of the 209 tourists on the boat, travelling from the Turkish resort of Didim to Kos, were British.
The Aegean Cat, run by a Turkish firm, is thought to have suffered a technical problem that caused it to hit the dock. Those onboard described horrific scenes.
Phil Simonetti, whose wife Dawn is thought to have broken her nose in the collision, told Altinkum Voices, an English-language Turkish newspaper: "There was so much blood everywhere it was like a battlefield. People suffered broken bones and whiplash injuries as they were thrown about as the boat slammed into the wharf."
Efstathios Petalas, head of security at the port in Kos, said a colleague saw the accident unfold.
He said: "During the approach to the harbour, one of my guards saw that the course was not correct. After a while, the catamaran hit the dock twice. Finally, it was able to safely approach the dock from the side."
A Thomson and First Choice spokeswoman said: "Thomson and First Choice can confirm that nine of our customers were involved in a minor incident (on Wednesday) when the ferry boat on which they were travelling crashed into a port wall.
"The ferry was transporting our customers, as well as other passengers, from Altinkum in Turkey to Kos, on a day trip. Following the accident, two of our customers were treated for minor injuries before being accommodated at one of our hotels in Kos until their return transfer back to Turkey."
The Greek Ministry of Mercantile Marine said the port authority in Kos was investigating the incident, which happened at 11.12am local time.