Disorientation in the mountains
The missing German in Crete is dead
At the beginning of September, a German in Crete goes on a hike to the Psiloritis mountain range. The 53-year-old man later contacted his family and said he had become disoriented. Rescuers found the man’s body.
A German holidaymaker who had been missing for more than two weeks in Crete has been found dead. According to rescuers, a team of German dog handlers with cadaver detection dogs found the man on Wednesday. According to Greek media reports, the 53-year-old man visited the Kamares cave in the rugged mountain terrain at an altitude of around 1,500 meters and crashed on the way back for reasons still unexplained.
Greek rescuers combed the region in vain; the site could not be seen, German rescuers said. During the rescue, local mountain rescuers and firefighters were deployed in the challenging high-altitude terrain. An autopsy is now to be carried out and the cause of the accident to be investigated.
According to the “Neue Presse” newspaper, the missing person telephoned his family in Germany around noon on September 2 that he was missing. When it got dark, he decided to take a break and look for the right way the next morning. On September 3, at 4:40 a.m., there was the last sign of life, the newspaper reports. The 53-year-old man reportedly told a friend that he would be on his way now. Earlier, he sent a Google Maps screenshot to an acquaintance with the message that he now knows how to proceed.
The Kamares cave is located on the southern slope of the Psiloritis mountain range. The ascent is long and demanding. The cave is known for numerous finds of pottery from the Bronze Age.