A cruise ship carrying 1,200 passengers and 400 crew was being evacuated off the Greek island of Santorini on Thursday, after issuing a distress signal, authorities said.
The Greek-flagged "Sea Diamond" was listing near the main port of the island, theMerchant Marine Ministry said.
More than a dozen ships in the area were involved in the evacuation effort.
State-run NET television said five navy rescue helicopters had also been sent to the area.
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