Aegina: 8-year-old girl injured while boarding a ferry

The causes of the incident have not yet been clarified, however, according to preliminary information, the child’s leg was blocked by a door mechanism, a nasal visor.

The juvenile girl was initially taken by Coast Guard vehicle to the Aegina Medical Center, where she received first aid, before being transported by Coast Guard boat to the port of Piraeus for onward transport to Attica Central Hospital.


Nasal visor (English visor – visor, Greek καταπέλτη) – the lifting surface of the ferry, located on the bow of the vessel, entrance / exit gates. Raising the visor ensures the passage of vehicles to the cargo deck.

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Ferries in Greece are not just one of the modes of transport. Taking into account the fact that Greece is one of the most “island” countries in the world, maritime communication is delivered here on a much larger scale than, say, rail. With the help of regular ferry routes, you can not only visit certain islands, but also plan your entire vacation, turning it into a full-fledged sea trip.

However, you must strictly follow the safety rules when you are on a ship, especially when children are traveling with you.

Set of rules. The ship’s passenger is prohibited from:

  1. Start boarding or disembarking before the ship is fully moored and without indicating the crew.
  2. Argue with crew members, interfere with the management of the ship.
  3. Arbitrarily leave the ship, go beyond the ship’s fences, dive from the side and swim in the immediate vicinity of it.
  4. On the move and during parking, bend over the fences of the open decks, sit on the railings.
  5. When passing under bridges and overhanging obstacles, get up from your seats and raise your hands or any objects.
  6. Independently open the hatches of the service premises of the vessel.
  7. To be on the upper deck of the vessel in front of the navigator.
  8. Independently connect any electrical appliances to the onboard electrical network of the vessel.
  9. Leave a child in your care unattended, take off his life jacket.
  10. Attach any materials in ship spaces to walls, ceilings and decks.
  11. Use the ship’s siren, communication and signaling equipment.
  12. Remove life jackets unless absolutely necessary.
  13. Carry on board the ship things belonging to the category of dangerous and prohibited (compressed gases, caustic substances, weapons, explosive and combustible substances, drugs, etc.)
  14. To board the ship wearing clothing and footwear that could contaminate or damage the property of other passengers, or the finish of the ship and its deck.
  15. Throw garbage and any other items overboard; there is a garbage container on the vessel for collecting garbage.
  16. Unauthorized use of any light and pyrotechnic means (torches, firecrackers, fireworks, sparklers, sound and fire rockets, laser devices, etc.) on the ship.
  17. Be on board under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  18. Smoking in places that are not specifically designated for this.

Information for passengers

Remember that your safety is primarily in your own hands. During the voyage, passengers are required to comply with all orders of the ship’s crew – this is one of the most important safety conditions for you and other passengers.
In emergency cases, the evacuation of passengers from the ship is carried out under the leadership of the captain. The location of the individual lifejacket and the rules for its use are explained to each passenger personally during the briefing.. There is also a general briefing on the rules of conduct on the ship during the voyage.

In case of violation by the passengers of the ship of the safety requirements on board, the crew representatives have the right to apply coercive measures to violators of order and safety on the ship who do not want to comply with the requirements of the captain of the ship. The captain has the right to disembark the violator from the ship at the nearest stopping point, without his consent.

In order to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel, the number of passengers on the upper deck of the boat is strictly limited and controlled by the crew members, if necessary, passengers from the upper deck, at the request of the crew, must go to the lower saloon of the vessel.

The captain and the crew of the ship are not responsible for the actions of passengers on the shore (berth).

Passenger Responsibility:
Deviating from these rules, the passenger, acting at his own peril and risk, is fully responsible, including financial, for his decisions and actions during the voyage, as well as for damage caused to the property of other persons, including the shipowner.
The passenger is responsible for actions that may endanger the life and health of other passengers, both surrounding people and himself in accordance with applicable law.
Not recommended sailing on a small boat for persons suffering from dysfunction of the vestibular apparatus (“seasickness”), as well as those who are in a sick or weakened state.

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