Three seamen were killed and another was missing from a tugboat that rushed
to help the burning Greek-registered Kriti Gold early on Monday, marine
ministry officials said.
The tanker's captain, his second officer and two of the refinery's staff
have been charged with manslaughter, arson, pollution and negligence.
The Kriti Gold, owned by the Vardinoyannis family,
was unloading on Monday at the Hellenic Petroleum refinery platform
off Thessaloniki when cables broke during stormy weather
at 3:50 a.m. (0150 GMT), a ministry official said.
"There was a massive amount of petrol in the sea but it's difficult to say
whether it came from the tanker or the refinery pipes," the official said.
A fire broke out on the tanker and the tugboat Agios Georgios which rushed
to help was engulfed by flames, he said. The tugboat captain and two seamen
were found burned to death. A fourth crewman was still missing.
The fire on the tanker was brought under control.
Story by Dina Kyriakidou