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Dangerous heat in Greece

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Last week, Greece experienced its first serious heatwave this year. In many places, temperatures in the shade exceeded 40 degrees. Unfortunately, the June heat has so far resulted in the death of five tourists who were vacationing in Greece. Three more people are still wanted at this time. Unfortunately, data published by local media show that some of the victims were elderly people who went for walks despite very high temperatures and warnings. The average temperature in Greece this week was 36.1°C. It is also worth noting here that as many as 228 out of 509 active weather stations recorded temperatures above 37°C, and at 51 meteorological stations it was above 40°C.

Hiking trail in Crete

The body of a 55-year-old American tourist who disappeared on Tuesday, June 11 on the island of Corfu was found only today. The owner of the house where he was staying informed the authorities about his disappearance two days after he was last seen. Personal belongings and a passport were found at his place of stay, which indicated that he had not left the island. Today, his body was spotted in the water near the old city port by a random tourist. After a preliminary investigation, the suspicions that it was unfortunately the missing American were confirmed. An autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of death.

Currently, the search is ongoing for another American who was vacationing on Amorgos Island. The 59-year-old set out on a hike on June 11 but never reached his destination where he was supposed to meet a friend. The missing man's family was scheduled to arrive from Los Angeles to Amorgos this weekend to join search teams.

A week earlier, the four-day search for Michael Mosley, a BBC television presenter who had disappeared on the island of Symi a few days earlier, also ended tragically. Mosley was supposed to go for a walk, but when he did not return to the hotel after six hours, his wife informed local services that he was missing. As the mayor of the island noted, on the day of the disappearance, the temperature on Symi was unbearable, so in such conditions it is easy to faint, with tragic consequences.

After nearly a week of searching, a 74-year-old tourist from the Netherlands, who went missing while hiking on the island of Samos, was also found dead. According to a witness, the tourist went on a demanding hiking trail between the areas of Limnionas and Klima on Sunday a week ago. Greek police said the tourist became disoriented on the path and probably died as a result of the heat.

Since Friday, the services have also been searching for two French tourists who were reported missing on the small island of Sikinos. These are women aged 73 and 64, who stayed in different hotels but disappeared at the same time, so it is believed that they were probably together at the time of their disappearance. The owner of the hotel where one of the missing women was staying alerted the authorities. The man said that on Friday morning the 73-year-old woman contacted him by phone, trying to convey something in her native language. The last information she shared was a photo in which she was seen lying down. Currently, her phone is probably dead.

On June 5, a 67-year-old Dutch tourist died of a heart attack while traversing the Mylon Gorge in Rethymno, Crete. That day the temperature on the island reached 40 degrees.

The next day, also in Crete, a 70-year-old tourist from France died while walking on a deserted beach between Kouremenos and Zakros in the Sitia area. When the emergency services reached the injured person, it was too late.

Trail marking in Crete
The E4 route runs through Crete

Local services believe that tourists spending their holidays in Greece often ignore the heat and go out on the trails, often insufficiently prepared. According to Dimitris Kalatzis, who headed the rescue team on the island of Samos, rescue missions are often hampered because tourists, unaware of the dangers, stray off the route. Usually their attention is attracted by some nearby places from which they are unable to find the right path. The rescuer also emphasizes that he meets tourists on the trail who are not wearing hats in the heat of over 40 degrees.

This is only the beginning of the most intense season, so there will be more and more tourists in Greece every week. More heatwaves are sure to come. Don't underestimate them. People who are planning an active holiday in Crete are invited to read our article: Hiking trails in Crete .

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2024-06-16 23:09:13

A ja zdecydowanie polecam korzystanie z traserów - nie jak zauważyliśmy u większości z Google Maps a typowy h do turystyki pieszej - np Mapy.cz lub LocusMap. Ponadto jest aplikacją Avenza Map w której można kupić za kilka euro dokładne mapy turystyczne z wydawnictw Anavasi czy Terrain, w wersji cyfrowej pokazujące dokładnie położenie. Szlaki w Grecji są znakowane kiepsko, a im dalej od miejscowości tym gorzej. Jednocześnie teren jest niebezpieczny - kilkunastometrowe zejście w bok ze szlaku może spowodować upadek na dno wąwozu.

No i oczywiście odpowiednie obuwie i zapas wody - nie ma co liczyć że po drodze uzupełnimy wodę ze strumienia - w Grecji to wyjątkowa rzadkość, jako przykład mogę podać że w Górach Białych na Krecie, gdzie jest ponad 20 szczytów ponad 2000 m jest jedno stałe źródło, reszta wysycha najpóźniej na przełomie maja i czerwca 

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Nawet nie wiem jak to skomentować. Sam dzięki pomocy przyjaciół z wielkim trudem tam dotarłem i wróciłem na statek. Gdybym wiedział, że tam na Balos są takie problemy z wejściem na ląd, to nigdy bym się nie zdecydował. Koszt tej wyprawy też nie jest mały. Zraziłem sie bardzo do Krety. Wybierajcie Elafonisi. Tam jest cywilizowane przejście, dojazd.
A czym władze tłumaczyły taki zakaz? Bo to totalny nonsens... Rozumiem żeby był zakaz że tak powiem od czoła laguny ale większe statki i tak podpływały "od tyłu" i tam wysadzały ludzi (chyba że się coś zmieniło) i żadnego zagrożenia nie było dla nikogo i niczego....
Bardzo dobrze. Byliśmy w tym roku świadkami wielu przykrych zdarzeń przy schodzeniu na ląd::stłuczone kolana, skręcone kostki itp.
gość dodekanezowiec: Lubię wyspy greckie za wiatr. Uważam pod tym względem - choć bardziej Rodos i Kos - za przypominające nieco Wyspy Kanaryjskie. Różnicę widać nawet jak się popłynie z Kos do Bodrum czy z Rodos do Marmaris.  Piszę natomiast o tym, że mimo wysokich temperatur łatwiej się je znosi jak jest wiaterek. Alanya czy Cypr to duchota przy wyspach greckich.   Zmiany klimatu są, np. w Heraklionie średnia roczna bywała w XX w. (...)
Gosia | crete.pl : Tak, to prawda. 
gość Tomek: czy to prawda że statki wycieczkowe desantują turystów  prosto do wody ?  w sumie też jakaś atrakcja. ;)  
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