Four people swept away by Geropotamos River found dead

All four people missing after their car was swept away by the swollen Geropotamos River on Saturday have been found dead in the vehicle on Monday. Rescue workers have recovered the four bodies from the car that went missing in Mesara, Crete on Saturday night, as the four family members were driving back from a wedding.

The remains have been taken to the Miron Health Centre by ambulance, and from there they will be taken to the University General Hospital of Heraklion Coroners’ Laboratory for an autopsy.

The car was found earlier on Monday, approximately 100 metres from the spot where search-and-rescue workers had been digging, half concealed by mud, water and cane plants. It was found about 35 hours into the search, a few hundred metres from the spot where the water had swept it away. The commander of the Crete Fire Brigade Nikos Lagoudakis described it as a “difficult operation” involving 100 men and women of the fire brigade, and that the car was finally spotted by a search team on foot, after the level of the water subsided.

Source ANA-MPA
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