Greek Cruise Ship Sinks Off Santorini

A Greek cruise ship sank off the holiday island of Santorini on Friday, after the vessel struck rocks and nearly 1,600 people on board had to be rescued.

The Sea Diamond sank shortly before 7 a.m. (0400GMT), 15 hours after the accident occurred and the ship began listing and taking on water.

Authorities said two French passengers — a 45 year-old man and his 16-year-old daughter — had still not been accounted for, and lists of rescued passengers were being rechecked.

No one was injured in Thursday's dramatic three-hour rescue effort, which involved Greece's military, commercial ships and the island's local fishermen.

Passengers on the cruise were mostly American, and also included groups from Canada and Spain.

The 469-foot Sea Diamond was operated by Louis Cruise Lines, part of a Cyprus-based tourism group.