French man arrested after Greek resort boat crash kills two

A French boat owner was questioned in Greece on Sunday after a collision that left two local people dead and a third seriously injured, the coastguard said.

The 44-year-old was arrested and appeared with his lawyer at the port authority offices in Nafplio, about 120km southwest of Athens.

He has confirmed he is the owner of a 10-metre inflatable boat carrying ten holidaymakers that collided with a 5-metre wooden boat with three Greeks onboard in waters off the small resort of Thyni on Friday evening.

The accident caused the wooden boat to sink, and killed two elderly Greek men onboard. A 60 year old Greek woman was taken to a hospital in Athens due to the seriousness of her wounds.

The occupants of the inflatable boat — two men, three women and five children — were taken to port authority offices in Porto Heli to give witness statements, the coastguard said.

The Greek Minister of Maritime and Island Policy, Ioannis Plakiotakis, ordered the Hellenic Coast Guard’s Senior Deputy Chief, Vice Admiral LS Theodoros Kliaris, and Regional Commander Spyridon Kontomaris to the scene along with the director and two officers of the Hellenic Maritime Accident Investigation Service (ELYDNA).

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