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Greek cruise ship «Oceanos» Sinking: A Documentary at NBC

A documentary movie about the sinking of MTS Oceanos on August 4, 1991 will air tonight at NBC.
MTS Oceanos was a French-built and Greek-owned cruise ship. The passenger cruise ship sank August 4, 1991. On board were 581 passengers and crew. It was sailing from Cape Town, South Africa via East London to Durban. The Greek cruise liner Oceanos sank off the Transkei in an area called Coffee Bay off the Wild Coast.
The sinking of the MTS Oceanos was one of the most horrific events in the history of South Africa. The sea where it sank is known for treacherous currents and several ships have sunk there.

During that evening, the storm worsened and when the first sitting of dinner was served, the waiters could hardly carry the trays of food without dropping something. The ship was then rolling about from side to side so badly that crockery and cutlery began sliding off the tables and potted plants were falling over.
Captain Yiannis Avranas was accused by passengers for ordering his crew to leave the ship without informing the passengers and without ringing the emergency alarm. The passengers only came to know when thwy witnessed lower deck filled with sea water.
571 passengers were saved by the South African Navy and Air Force during the rescue operation that lasted for seven hours.

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