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Greek Cruise Ship Sinks, Two Missing

According to a Reuters article published in the New York Times today, a Greek cruise ship ran onto the ground near the island of Santorini and sank, and Greek rescuers are still looking for two missing French tourists. Over 1000 other passengers were safely evacuated, and the ship was due to return Friday before running aground and eventually sinking. Coastguard crews were cleaning up an oil slick caused by the accident.

The article is short and summarizes the main actions. The most important part of the story other than the ship actually running aground and sinking is the missing tourists. Both are mentioned in the lead. Details about the accident and the people are then given, as well as quotes from officials dealing with the situation. Direct attribution is used from officials talking about the situation and what is being done about the missing people. The article ends by recalling a tragedy in 2000 where 82 people died on a Greek ferry similar to this one and standards were forced to increase. It's a short piece that gets the essential information across and does the story justice.

An Associated Press article published by MSNBC
goes into a bit more detail with the story, giving more figures about measurements of the ship and how the rock it hit formed. The fact that the two missing passengers are father and daughter is mentioned immediately, padding the lead with information I don't feel is entirely necessary. The figures also differ from the Reuters article, listing around 1600 rescued instead of 1100. The recounting of the scene however is much more vivid, and almost constructs more of a narrative and gives a picture of what the scene must have been like.

For this reason I prefer the Associated Press Article. It is a bit lengthier than would be necessary for an article like this, but they use this length to paint a vivid picture of the scene and construct a somewhat compelling narrative.