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Athens News Agency: News in English, 02-02-25

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Ship owner's wife dies, crewmember missing as Greek freighter sinks off
  • [02] Weather Forecast: Rain, storms on Monday
  • [03] Foreign Exchange Rates - Monday

  • [01] Ship owner's wife dies, crewmember missing as Greek freighter sinks off Skyros

    25/02/2002 10:17:11

    A woman was dead and a ship's officer was missing Monday as a Greek cargo ship sank off the coast of Skyros island shortly after issuing a distress signal, harbour authorities said.

    The freighter "Philippos K", carrying a cargo of fertilizer and 10 persons on board -- a 9-member all-Greek crew and the shipowner's wife -- issued an SOS at 5:40 a.m. after the cargo shifted and the vessel developed a 40-45 degree list as it was sailing 11 nautical miles off Skyros in storm-force winds of 8 beaufort.

    Nearby vessels, a Super Puma all-weather helicopter and a C-130 rushed to the distressed freighter's assistance and rescued 9 of the 10-member crew, who were reported to be in good health and were airlifted to Skyros by the Super Puma.

    The shipowner's wife, Eleni Kaifa, who was also picked up by the Super Puma, died shortly afterward of reasons as yet unknown.

    A search and rescue operation was in progress to locate the ship's missing first mate George Delinikolaou.

    The vessel's owner, Manolis Kaifas, was among the rescued.

    The Philippos K was en route from Kavala to the island of Crete.

    [02] Weather Forecast: Rain, storms on Monday

    25/02/2002 09:59:37

    Cloud turning to rain and isolated storms are forecast in all parts of the country, especially in the Aegean area. Snow will fall on high ground in the north and centre. Winds northwesterly, very strong, turning gale force at sea. In the north, temperatures will range from 3C to 11C; on the rest of the mainland and in the Ionian from 6C to 15C; and in the Aegean islands from 8C to 14C. Light cloud over Athens with with temperatures between 8C and 14C. Morning showers in Thessaloniki with temperatures from 6C to 11C.

    [03] Foreign Exchange Rates - Monday

    25/02/2002 09:58:41

    Indicative tourist buying rates per euro

    U.S. dollar 0.881

    Pound sterling 0.616

    Danish kroner 7.492

    Swedish kroner 9.228

    Japanese yen 118.0

    Swiss franc 1.491

    Norwegian kroner 7.824

    Cyprus pound 0.581

    Canadian dollar 1.402

    Australian dollar 1.711


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