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German tourist missing on Crete; big Search & Rescue Operation

A big Search And Rescue operation to locate a missing German tourist has been launched police and coast guard in Ierapetra on the island of Crete. The 73-year-old man has been missing since Monday afternoon when he went for a swim in Pachia Ammos beach.

According to local media, the man left the hotel where he was staying with his wife for the beach around 1 o’ clock Monday noon. He left his backpack to a sunbed and allegedly dived into the sea.

After he failed to return to the hotel, his wife informed the authorities and the SAR operation was launched i the evening, where police scanned the beach and found his backpack at the beach.

According to, the SAR was resumed on Tuesday morning with the participation also of an army helicopter. A group of divers-rescuers from Agios Nikolaos is expected to join the operation

The missing German tourist had some health issues, the local media reported.

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