Widespread Search on Crete as Man Swept Away by Torrent



Emprosnero River near the village of Emprosnero on Crete.. Photo by flashnews.gr

The men and women of Greece’s Fire Service, along with the special forces from the EMAK rescue team, launched a widespread search in Crete’s region of Chania on Monday morning.

A 61-year old man went missing on Monday when his car was swept away by a sudden flood of water which began flowing through Embrosnero village.

Δύσκολη η κατάσταση στον Ν. Χανίων. Το βίντεο είναι από την περιοχή Βρύσες αποκορόνου στα Χανιά.Βίντεο:Giorgos Ε Giatrakis

Posted by Forecast Weather Greece on Monday, 25 February 2019

The river had already broken its banks due to the heavy rainfall in the region over the last several days, part of the storm called “Oceanis” which hit Crete and the rest of Greece over the weekend.

The fire service has sent twelve people and five vehicles to the area, following a call that they received a few minutes after 1 o’clock in the afternoon, local time.

According to Crete media, the man who is missing is a local farmer.

The fire service of Chania has already managed to save two more people in the area of Embrosnero from the river. Two others were rescued earlier on Monday in Platanias, Chania, because of rocks which fell on the road and blocked their way home.