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Greek Boat Blast Kills One, Injures Six, Coast Guard Says

An explosion in a small replica cannon on a Greek tour boat killed the 51-year-old captain and slightly injured six others, the Hellenic Coast Guard said.

The explosion happened when the cannon was fired as the vessel was anchored in the entrance to Mandraki harbor on the island of Kos after returning from an excursion, according to a statement yesterday on the agency’s website.

The boat was carrying 26 tourists from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Five of the injured were tourists, the sixth was a Greek crew member and all were hospitalized. The local port authority opened an investigation, the coast guard said.

-Editors: Jeff St.Onge, Bruce Stanley.

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