French tourists held in Greece after deadly boat accident

11 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

ATHENS: A group of French tourists were held in Greece for questioning Saturday after a boat accident left two dead and another person seriously injured, the coastguard said.

But they were likely to be released after a French man who identified himself as the boat driver turned himself in later in the day, accompanied by a lawyer, officials said.

The group including five minors under 15, were on a 10-metre speedboat that allegedly rammed a smaller wooden vessel on Friday evening near the Peloponnese resort of Porto Heli, 170 kilometres (105 miles) southeast of Athens, a coastguard spokeswoman told AFP. The collision killed two elderly Greek men on board the wooden vessel—reportedly a fishing boat. A 60-year-old Greek woman was seriously injured and taken to Athens for treatment.

The other French nationals—two men, three women and five children aged three to 14 — were initially taken to Porto Heli for questioning after helping to bring the injured woman and one of the bodies to shore, the coastguard officer said.