Coast Guard towing Sierra Leone-flagged merchant ship which drifted off Crete

An operation is underway by the Greek coast guard to tow back to the port of Sitia a Sierra Leone-flagged merchant ship which drifted off the eastern coast of Crete on Friday due to a mechanical failure.

The ship’s captain issued a distress signal which was picked up by Sitia’s authorities. The vessel has eight crew members on board.