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US tourist missing on Mathraki island; Belgian hiker dead in Crete

A 55-year-old tourist from the USA went missing on the small island of Mathraki, north of the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea.

The man went missing on Wednesday, June 13.

According to media reports, his friend with whom he was spending vacations there, reported to authorities that he had not seen him for two days.

Teams of police and the coast guard have launched a search operation with no positive results, so far, that is early afternoon Friday, June 14, 2024.

Without positive results have been so far also the search operations for the 74-year-old Dutch tourist on the island of Samos and the 59-year-old American on the island of Amorgos.

Search operation on Samos has been halted on Thursday night, media reported.

Belgian tourist dies in Crete

The body of an 80-year-old tourist from Belgium was found on the side of the road next to the archaeological site of Latou in Malia on Friday morning.

His wife had reported him missing after he had left the hotel to go to Agios Nikolaos but he did not return or gave any signs of life.

According to first estimations, the man’s death is reportedly attributed to “pathological causes.” It is particularly suggested that the heat burdened the man’s heart. an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact causes of his death.

It should be recalled that Greece has been in the grip of a heatwave with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius throughout the week.

Missing tourists in June

What is of particular concern is that the missing tourist in Mathraki and the deceased in Crete raise the number of  “fatalities”  of foreign nationals vacationing in Greece to 7 since the beginning of June.

Among them is also BBC presenter Dr Michael Mosley, 69, who went on a hike on the island of Symi under soaring temperatures.

It seems that tourists are not aware of the effects of the heat on their bodies, they overestimated their power and endurance and in addition they ignore safety guidelines, even if they have been on the hiking-trails before.

PS Maybe the Greek Tourism Ministry should hand out a health warning leaflet to every tourist arriving in the country.

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2 comments

  1. Should be a bumper year for deaths !!!

  2. At the end of the day, you cannot legislate for stupidity and a lack of commonsense.
    As a Brit who has lived here for 18 years, I am constantly warning would-be hikers to keep to the main roads & tracks and, most importantly, ALWAYS take plenty of water with you. Many think they know better and, quite often, end up in trouble.