An operation toevacuate up to 1,600 people from a stricken cruise ship is under way off thecoast of the Greek
Passengers were reported to be boarding lifeboats and abandoning the ship.
More than a dozen ships and five navy rescue helicopters are helping withthe evacuation effort.
The ship was about one nautical mile (1.8km) off the coast of the island inthe eastern
Many of the 1,200 passengers on board are from
There are also up to 400 crew.
"Some passengers have already reached the island and no-one has beenhurt," an official at the Santorini coastguard told Reuters.
Louis Cruise Lines, which runs the ship, said a "controlledevacuation" was under way but that there was no danger to passengers.
"The boat was attempting to moor but ran aground in shallowwaters," a local boatman told private Antenna television.
"Weather conditions are good, but the ship is taking on water and haslisted heavily," he added.
The ship left the