MV KYRA ELENI ran aground on S. Gaidaro Island, Cape Sunion on the 6th January 1978. Today, the wreck rests in shallow waters with max. 30 Meters and is a popular diving spot.
Cargo ship with 99 meters length and 3658 tones transport capacity, built in 1949. The ship sailed at about 21.00 on 5 January 1978 from Lavrio to Bulgaria, without cargo and with ballast. Since midnight, the weather started getting worse with a wind of 8Bft and huge waves. The captain decided to go to a lee side of Patroklos island, waiting the weather conditions to get better. When MV Kira Eleni reached this bay, the crew was ready to anchor at a small distance of the coast. But although it had dropped its left anchor, it crashed into the rocks with its left side. They immediately broadcasted a danger signal and all the passengers abandoned the ship and reached the rocks using a ladder. The ship sunk at about 14.50 on 6th Jan 1978. The next day, the shipwrecked people were saved by a rescue boat. More Information here.
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