This year's spring was a record for the Greek services in terms of the number of interventions connected with providing assistance to tourists crossing the hiking trails in Crete. Although many of these cases are those that can be qualified as so-called random events, still a large group of interventions are those resulting from the carelessness of tourists. A great example may be the event that took place yesterday in the Richtis ravine, where help from a German tourist was required.
In the evening they called the emergency number 112, informing them that they had lost their way and in the falling darkness they were not able to independently overcome the walking path which separates them from the paved road. During the night hours, several firefighters were sent to the ravine, whose task was to find lost people. Only after about two hours they managed to locate them at the bottom of the trail.
I think it is not difficult to imagine with what surprise and anger firemen noticed that both tourists (mother and 15-year-old daughter) were dressed in beach slippers. Lack of proper footwear meant that women had considerable problems with the passage of the remaining section of the hiking trail. It took about 3 hours to reach the exit from the ravine, and the intervention ended only after 2 am.
Although we have various terms that perfectly describe the behavior of these women, we will leave this situation without comment. We will only emphasize that this was one of many cases of intervention that could have been completely avoided. It was enough for both tourists to prepare for this route and plan the time of their trip well. All this could be done without much problem based on the various types of route descriptions that can be found on the internet.