A man has died after crew members forcibly removed him from a ferry after he arrived late, according to reports.
The 36-year-old passenger was seen running onto the ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion, Crete, just moments before it left the dock.
Crew from the Blue Horizon were seen pushing the man off the ferry in a video, with him falling into the water as the boat left the dock.
The ferry company Attica Group said they are “shocked by the tragic incident” in a statement.
It is believed the ferry travelled for 40 to 50 minutes before being instructed to turn back following the incident.
In the footage, the man appears to fall between the ramp and the pier into crashing waves below.
The body of the man, whose name has not been released, was found a while later following a search.
It is thought the passenger was too late boarding as the ship was ready to depart.
A passenger who witnessed the incident said crew members pushed the man three times before he fell into the water, according to Greece media outlets.
The ship owner company Attica Group issued a statement about the incident. “The Management of Attica Group, shocked by the tragic incident that took place in the port of Piraeus, declares that it is cooperating with every competent authority for the complete clarification of the incident.”
Attica Group is the parent company of the Superfast Ferries fleet, the Blue Star Ferries fleet and the Hellenic Seaways fleet. The the Blue Horizon ferry has a passenger capacity of 1,488 and can carry 780 vehicles.
Shipping Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said that a full inquiry into the incident will take place while expressing his sadness for the loss of life.
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Athens, Greece. Crew member pushes off passenger that came aboard late. Falls off the moving ramp, and drowns.— Petey B (@realpeteyb123) September 6, 2023
36 years old.
Rumor that his family was on ferry waiting. What a disaster. Blue horizon employees have a lot to explain.