Third Tourist Found Dead Amid Heatwave in Greece

Third Tourist Found Dead Amid Heatwave in Greece

A 55-year-old American was found dead on the Greek island of Mathraki, the third tourist death in a week, following a period of extreme heat. Authorities highlight the dangers of heat exposure during hikes.

Greece, Bollywood Fever: A 55-year-old American tourist was found dead on the Greek island of Mathraki, the police reported on Monday. This marks the third tourist death within a week, following a period of unusually hot weather in Greece.

Earlier this month, temperatures soared above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) as the holiday season began across Greece’s remote beaches, ancient sites, and mountain trails. The early heatwave has coincided with a spate of disappearances and deaths of tourists, underscoring the dangers of heat exposure.

“There is a common pattern – they all went for a hike amid high temperatures,” stated Petros Vassilakis, the police spokesman for the Southern Aegean, in an interview with Reuters.

The body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on the island of Symi on June 9, following a four-day search operation involving aircraft, drones, and boats. Mosley had taken a walk alone in high temperatures before he disappeared.

Police did not disclose the identity of the deceased American, whose body was found near a beach on Mathraki on Sunday. He was transferred to the island of Corfu, where an autopsy will be conducted, according to a police official.

A 74-year-old Dutch tourist was also found dead on the island of Samos on Saturday, and two hikers were found dead on Crete on June 5.

Rescue teams are currently searching for two French women, aged 73 and 64, on the island of Sikinos, and a 59-year-old U.S. policeman on Amorgos.

“There are two search operations in progress on other islands. Police, firemen, and volunteers have been deployed, assisted by a drone and a rescue dog,” Vassilakis added.

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