Vessel loaded with contraband cigarettes sinks

A freighter carrying contraband cigarettes sank late Thursday in the sea region between Spetses island and the Peloponnese in the Argolic Gulf. The Comoros-flagged ship "MORELIA" was spotted early Thursday by a coast guard patrol vessel near Spetses.
A chase followed and the smuggling ship sent out an SOS, and the 7-member crew -- six Ukrainians and a Georgian national -- requested assistance, reporting a heavy inflow of water in the engine room.
The crew was rescued by coast guard vessels,
Despite the efforts to salvage the vessel throughout the day, it finally sank to a depth of 400 meters late Thursday due to water inflow.

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