Czech tourist dies in Greece after boulder falls on accommodation

A Czech woman died on the Greek island after Crete when a rock fell on the house where she was staying.


Written by ČTK Published on 30.10.2022 11:13:00 (updated on 30.10.2022) Reading time: 1 minute

UPDATED (Oct. 30/13:22) The woman who died on the Greek island of Crete last night when a rock collapsed on the house where she staying was not a Czech citizen, the Greek authorities confirmed to the Czech Foreign Ministry today, dismissing the previous media reports, ministry spokeswoman Mariana Wernerova has told ČTK.

Athens, Oct 30 (ČTK) - A Czech female tourist aged 45 died on the Greek island of Crete last night when a rock collapsed on the house where she was staying with her family, the AFP news agency reported today, referring to the local firefighters and police.

The woman's husband and nine-year-old son survived the accident. Rescuers saved them from the debris of the house in the Agia Fotia seaside resort in southeast Crete. The child is hospitalized with leg injuries.

The Czech family was supposed to return home today.

A massive stone block broke off the rock above the houses rented by tourists and buried the house shortly after midnight.

Some 40 firefighters and rescuers arrived at the scene of the accident, trying to extricate the family from the house debris for four hours.

They found the woman dead, ERT Greek TV reported, showing a picture of the caved-in house. The husband, 51, was sleeping in another room, and the son suffered light injuries only.

Locals fear that other rocks may fall down, ERT reported. However, local hotel association president George Vardakis says nothing indicated a threatening disaster, AFP writes.

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