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Evia: Temporary ban on boat traffic in helicopter crash area

Evia: Temporary ban on boat traffic in helicopter crash area

The Coast Guard has announced a ban on all types of vessel traffic in the area where the helicopter crashed in Evia.

In particular, the Edipsos Port Authority has imposed a temporary ban on the transport and anchoring of all types of boats and marine recreational vehicles, as well as any professional-amateur-underwater fishing and shellfishing and carrying out. In any diving, in the sea area where the helicopter crashed, between Achladi-Kotsikias, in front of the beach “Fragaki” of Mantoudi-Limni-Agia Anna municipality and within 500 meters radius: f:38⁰54’913″N, l:23⁰25’893″E.

Punishment of criminals

As the Coast Guard asserts, offenders are subject to the sanctions of Article 157 of the ND regardless of concurrent civil and criminal liability under current law. 187/1973 (261Α΄) as amended and in force.

It will be recalled that the helicopter went down on Thursday midday amid storms in the waters off North Evia.

The next day (29/9) morning the pilot of the civilian helicopter was recovered dead.

This is 65-year-old Michalis Lambos, a former serviceman in the armed forces and one of the most experienced operators of this particular type of A-109 helicopter.

Notification of Coast Guard

“Today in the morning, officers MYA/LS-EL.AKT. found the governor of the helicopter missing since 28.09.2023, in the sea area between Achladi and Kotsikia Evia, in the coastal municipality “FRAGKAKI” of Mantudi- Limni-Agia Anna.

Inside the cockpit of the helicopter, at a depth of fifty (50) meters, he was pulled from the sea and transferred to Mandudi Health Centre, where he was pronounced dead.

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The body is to be transferred to the Forensic Laboratory of the University of Athens for an autopsy, while the helicopter remains at sea until it is recovered.”