Two Greek-Canadians were fined after they ignored heatwave bans and went hiking to Samaria Gorge on the island of Crete. They got lost and exhausted and prompted a major rescue operation.
The two young men, both 25 years old, ignored the hiking trhough the Samaria gorge ban on passage due to the heatwave.
They started a dangerous hike on Saturday, July 22, bypassing the normal path from Xyloskalos to the gorge, following the path to Gigilo, given the ban.
At one point they wanted to leave the path and go down in order to see, as they said, the river, as a result of which they were immobilize don some rocks and their lives were in danger.
The major rescue operation was set up with the assistance of a Super Puma helicopter of the Air Force, a Navy helicopter, forces of the Fire Service of Chania and the rescuers of the EMAK of Crete, in order to be released from a difficult place in the gorge of Samaria.
Thetwo Greek-Canadians were rescued on Sunday afternoon and were taken with ambulances to the hospital of Chania, local media ekriti.gr reported.
The Fire Service imposed a fine of 300 euros to each young men, based on a Ministerial Decision of 2022 par. 4, regarding “violations of the prohibitions of passage in canyons, forests, etc., when adverse weather conditions prevail.”