Everyone was shocked by the death of 36-year-old Antonis Kargiot , a resident of Crete, who was pushed into the sea by sailors of the Blue Horizon ferry on Tuesday evening. No one even tried to help him, and the ship pushed away from the shore as if nothing had happened and set off on a cruise. After this incident, numerous protests took place in Greece. The inhabitants of Crete were filled with anger, and the Internet was flooded with bitter comments. Everyone wonders how such a situation could have happened and why the sailors committed such a cruel act. Due to the great response from you, we are providing further information after the publication of this article.
Yesterday, Antonis' funeral took place in Agios Nikolaos, and the costs of this ceremony were decided to be covered by the Municipal Council of the commune. In addition to family and friends, many people from the local community also came to say goodbye to the tragically deceased. Especially since Antonis was known as a man who never refused to help anyone. The deceased's father said goodbye to him with the words " Our Antonis is not a hero, but becomes a symbol that awakens our dormant consciences and disturbs the solidarity of our society ." Antonis' brother could not bear the emotional burden during the ceremony. It was necessary to call an ambulance to take him to hospital.
Unfortunately, after the events in Piraeus, opinions immediately appeared that if it had not been for the disclosure of the recordings of the entire situation on social media, the case could have been covered up and those responsible for this death would not have suffered the consequences of their cruel act.
After numerous and very emotional protests in Crete, a decision was quickly made to withdraw the Blue Horizon ship from the Piraeus - Heraklion route. Its place on this route will be replaced by another unit. After receiving the report, the Minister of Shipping and Island Policy also decided to subject four management staff of the Central Port Authority of Piraeus to immediate disciplinary review, and at the same time two Coast Guard officers from Piraeus were removed. Port employees and the Coast Guard should be present at the quay when loading and leaving the ship from the quay.
In addition, criminal proceedings are underway independently against four members of the ship's crew who directly contributed to Antonis' death. On Wednesday, the Piraeus prosecutor charged them with committing a crime. Criminal proceedings were initiated against one of them for unintentional manslaughter, two perpetrators are accused of complicity in murder with possible intent to commit it, and against the ship's captain for the crime of dangerous interference with maritime traffic. Following changes in regulations following the Tempe disaster, this crime is now punishable by life in prison. Today, three of them were taken to the courthouse in Piraeus to express their remorse to the prosecutor. The ship's captain did not appear in court because, according to the information provided, he was in hospital after a heart attack.
The ship's captain has so far claimed that when he learned about the "accident", he took all necessary actions and followed the instructions received from the Coast Guard. On Tuesday, at 9:13 p.m., the captain learned that there was a person in the water and ordered the officer to inform the Coast Guard about this fact. The key thing, however, is that he omitted any connection between the ship's employees and the victim in this message. When the officer called the Piraeus Port Department, he received the answer: "Well, we know that. "Wait for instructions." The earlier report of a man overboard was made by, among others, the passengers of the Elyros ship, who saw the entire incident and the moment Antonis was thrown into the water and drowned. The unfortunate man's body was fished out of the sea at 9:40 p.m. At 21:42 the Coast Guard ordered the vessel to be stopped, and at 22:01 it ordered the vessel to be interrupted and the vessel returned to port.
At the same time, a larger fragment of the recording recorded on September 5 appeared in the media. The video shows the events from 9:07 p.m., when the ferry's departure is delayed due to the prolonged process of loading vehicles. It shows Antonis, who had purchased a ferry ticket and had already boarded the ship, but due to the delay, he decided not to stay on board. As the ship released its mooring line and slowly began to raise the loading door, Antonis ran into it. You already know the rest of the events. For unknown reasons, crew members pushed him out of the gate. Antonis fell into the water and quickly drowned. The ship sailed away, and no one from the crew or the coast guard provided help to the victim. We publish this recording below.
Today, eyewitness testimony of this event was revealed. They show that after Antonis was ejected from the Blue Horizon ship, no announcement was made, and only the witness passengers tried to react. The testimony of another person working at the port shows that initially there was an attempt to justify the absence of the Coast Guard by an alleged incident with Gypsies, which was supposed to force the guards to leave their posts. However, this person denies that such a situation occurred. Antonis, on the other hand, was supposed to be a well-known person in the port due to his regular and frequent cruises between Athens and Heraklion.