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Missing and found dead – Six tourists die on Greek islands

Rescuers are searching for a missing British presenter on Simi Island

Rescuers are searching for a missing British presenter on Simi Island

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They went hiking and never came back: In recent days there have been increasing reports of holidaymakers missing or found dead on Greek islands. Apparently they overestimated themselves.

SHalf a dozen tourists have already tragically died in Greece. Three vacationers are missing. All of them were tourists aged 55 and above who had not returned from a trekking tour.

TV Doctor Michael Moseley: The The 67-year-old anchor She was reported missing on the island of Symi (north of Rhodes) in early June and was found dead a few days later. Officials said he took a wrong turn while hiking and collapsed where search teams were having trouble locating him. His corpse became loud “build” Found on a rocky slope. A camera recorded his last moments before his death – and the moment he collapsed. It was 36 degrees.

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A French woman died on the same day A 70-year-old vacationer On Kreta. According to “Bild”, he collapsed on a group hike to the Choglakis Valley. He arrived on the island the same day A 67-year-old Dutchman He lost his life on a trip to the Miley Valley.

A tourist hike in the Peloponnese Peninsula: Temperatures hit 40 degrees in Greece

A tourist hike in the Peloponnese Peninsula: Temperatures hit 40 degrees in Greece

Source: dpa/Petra Otte

On 9th June A A 74-year-old Dutchman Reported missing in Samos. He set out on a three-hour trek alone. Despite the temperature exceeding 40 degrees, according to his wife, he had only a small water bottle with him. Six days later, police officers found his lifeless body in a ravine using a drone.

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Crete arrived An 80-year-old tourist A day later we hiked on our own Found dead near an archaeological site.

A man came to a small island called Matraki A 55-year-old American Killed during a hike. Five days after his disappearance, his body was found on the beach. The location has already been searched. “So it appears he was washed out to sea,” a police spokesman told the New York Times.

Three vacationers are still missing

There are also concerns about several missing persons: they have been missing from Amorgos Island for more than a week. Americans Albert CalibetA Former US Police Officer, 59 years old, Every clue; He set out for a walk. The deputy mayor of Amorgos said: “He may have chosen the difficult route and overestimated his abilities. The heat was intense on the island of Chikinos. Two old French tourists The requirement is said to have hiked last week.

Only the cicadas defy the high midday temperature with their monotonous chirping, otherwise life would come to a standstill: Greeks do not voluntarily go out into the streets at this time, but at most sit in a cafe or take a good nap. It’s different for some tourists in the country, who believe they can withstand the high temperatures and still go hiking:

Athens cardiologist Thomas Giannoulis says: “Many people overestimate their strength and underestimate the effort involved in hiking in the scorching sun. “The temperature of 37 degrees in the shade can easily rise to 60 degrees in the sun.” This means there is a high risk of dehydration and heat stroke. “This risk is a person’s risk. Increases age.”

Heart problems and heat stroke

The details of the incidents published by the Greek media are also food for thought: some are said to have left after having lunch and drinking. Others traveled through difficult terrain with no maps, cell phones, or cell phone reception.

Going it alone is a huge mistake, says Thomas Giannoulis. For example, if you have heat stroke, you may not be able to help yourself as soon as you lose time and orientation. “Heat stroke should be treated in hospital as soon as possible. A little water is not enough.”

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It is unclear why tourists ignore the many warnings issued daily. During the most recent heat wave last week, even the Acropolis in Athens closed its doors at lunchtime – as authorities wanted to avoid people queuing in the heat. The country has particularly suffered from high temperatures earlier this year. According to meteorologists, it has not been as hot as 40 degrees in early June since records began.

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