French woman missing in Greece sent emergency message

A 73-year-old French woman missing on the Greek island of Sikinos since Friday sent an emergency message to her hotel before disappearing, its owner said.

A search is underway for the woman, who has not yet been named by authorities. She is one of three tourists missing in Greece, and five have died this month in unusually warm weather.

Ilias Gavanas, owner of the guesthouse where the woman was staying, told Reuters he last heard from her on Friday when he reached her by phone around 8:30 a.m. after missing a call from her at 5:50 a.m.

He said the woman sent him a selfie and a message that read, “I fell.” He replied in French and English, asking her for her location and telling her to call the European emergency number 112, alerting police and municipal authorities.

Temperatures rose above 40 degrees Celsius across Greece earlier this month.

Hiking is popular with tourists on Sikinos, a largely arid and sparsely populated island in the southern Aegean Sea, Gavanas said.

“We warn them not to go out in the heat, to always let us know where they are, and not to wander around alone,” he said. “It was 40 degrees.”

The Ministry of Tourism said it was “remaining vigilant” and working with other ministries to ensure travelers were kept informed.

A second French woman is missing on Sikinos, and authorities believe the two missing women went for a walk together, even though they were not staying at the same hotel, police said.

A search is underway on the island of Amorgos for an American man who has been missing since June 11.

Among the five tourists who died was British TV presenter Michael Mosley, whose body was found on the island of Symi. A 55-year-old American was killed on the Ionian island of Mathraki, a 74-year-old Dutch tourist was killed on the island of Samos and two hikers were killed in Crete.

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