Moment late ferry passenger 'pushed to his death' as he tries to board departing ship

6 September 2023, 17:25 | Updated: 6 September 2023, 17:54

The moment a man appears to fall to his death from a ferry
The moment a man appears to fall to his death from a ferry. Picture: Twitter

By Kit Heren

This is the shocking moment a ferry passenger who was running late fell to his death in an apparent confrontation with crew members.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

The incident, which took place in the Greek port of Piraeus, south of Athens, was captured on video.

The footage shows Andonis Kargiotis, 36, running towards the Blue Horizon ferry and getting on the ramp that leads to the ship.

Two crew members can be seen standing at the edge of the ship and preventing the man from boarding.

Despite being pushed back, the man tried to get onboard the ferry again and fell backwards into the water as he wrestled to get past the crew.

The captain of the ship and three crew members were charged with homicide on Wednesday.

Read more: Skathios devastation laid bare: Cars and boats float through island's destroyed streets as tourist tells of 'biblical' storm

Read more: Florida man who tried to ‘run to London’ across the Atlantic in human-sized hamster wheel arrested after standoff

The crew appeared to do nothing to help him and the ferry continued sailing towards the island of Crete before being ordered back to Piraeus.

The man trying to board the ship
The man trying to board the ship. Picture: Twitter

His body was later recovered from the water.

In another video, a crew member was heard making an announcement to passengers saying the ferry's departure was delayed "by an incident ... for which the ship bears no responsibility".

The coastguard said in a statement: "A man fell in the port of Piraeus during the sailing of the Blue Horizon. He was recovered unconscious and taken to the General State Hospital of Nikaia.

"The ship is returning to Piraeus."

Greek shipping minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said: "I express my sadness for the tragic incident in the port of Piraeus in which one person lost his life.

"All the necessary actions are being taken by the Piraeus Port Authority to clarify the case and assign responsibility."

Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hit out at what he called "a combination of irresponsible behaviour and cynicism, contempt and indifference" that led to the Mr Kargiotis' death.

"Yesterday's shameful incident is not indicative of the kind of country we want," he added.

Mr Varvitsiotis condemned the crew members for their "illegal acts" and their failure to follow "the basic principle that Greek seamen have honoured for centuries" which is to rescue people at sea and "not to throw them into it, particularly in such circumstances", the minister added in a statement.

He said Mr Kargiotis had a ticket and had boarded the ship earlier, dashed out for unclear reasons and then tried to reboard. Mr Varvitsiotis also said he ordered an investigation into how port police responded to the incident.

Attica Group, which owns the Blue Horizon, initially issued a brief statement saying it was "devastated by the tragic incident" and would co-operate with the authorities.

In a longer statement several hours later it expressed sorrow for Mr Kargiotis' death and pledged an investigation into the "unthinkable" incident.

The ferry's captain, first mate and two more crew members appeared before a Piraeus prosecutor to be formally charged on Wednesday.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Cyril Ramaphosa raises his hand

Ramaphosa set for re-election after second-biggest party pledges backing

Vladimir Putin

Putin pledges ceasefire in Ukraine if Kyiv withdraws troops and drops Nato bid

Putin has set out his demands for a ceasefire with Ukraine

Vladimir Putin promises Ukraine ceasefire on two conditions as he issues fresh warning to the West

More than a dozen employees were fired following claims about 'simulated' activity, according to reports.

‘Mouse jiggling’ employees sacked from major US bank after using tech to make it seem like they were working

Friends Matthew Steward and Cory Dove died in Turkey

Two British friends killed in quad bike horror crash in Turkey after smashing into 'hotel bus' on family holiday

You can run for president for United states but you can’t be a member of the House of Lords

Shadow Health Secretary says size of House of Lords ‘out of control’ and introducing an ‘80 year limit is the right balance’

Muslim pilgrims under umbrellas against the heat

Muslims start the Hajj against the backdrop of Israel-Hamas war

Simon Brown and William Rowe mugshot

Killer dad-of-two jailed for 13 years after beating 'bragging' serial paedophile to death

Guy Mukendi, 39, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.

Man who removed condom without consent during sex jailed four years in rare ‘stealthing’ conviction

England fans have been warned not to sing 'Ten German bombers' at the Euros. Picture shows fans during a game against Germany in 2021

‘We will intervene’: German police warn England fans coming to the Euros don’t sing Ten German Bombers

Rishi Sunak has said he is still fighting for every vote, despite a poll showing his party is behind Reform UK

Rishi Sunak defiant despite Reform UK overtaking Tories in poll as he insists he's 'fighting for every vote'

REM reunited

REM reunite at Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony

The TikTok tearaway was handed a community order at court on Thursday.

TikTok prankster Mizzy avoids jail after stealing phone from woman and fleeing police

Sabrina Peckham was eaten by the alligator

Horrifying footage shows bloated 14ft alligator that dragged homeless mother into canal and ate her

Huge queues have appeared at Birmingham Airport again this morning

‘Will they ever get a grip?’ Huge queues at Birmingham airport again as passengers report ‘carnage at 4am’

Geoff Hurst is England's last surviving World Cup winner

England's World Cup hero Geoff Hurst shares heartbreaking update after losing every teammate from 1966