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Massive Search Begins for French Tourist Missing on Crete

Missing French tourist
Greek police and volunteers are searching for a female tourist missing in Crete. Credit: Hellenic Police

Search and rescue teams are trying to locate a 29-year-old French tourist who has been reported missing in the region of Chania, Crete.

The woman was expected to return home to France on Tuesday, but her family has reported her missing, alerting Greek authorities.

She was on vacation on Crete by herself. Local media report that on her supposed last day in the Greek island she rented a car to drive to the world-famous beach of Elafonissi.

She has not been seen since. The car was discovered in a remote area near Elafonissi.

Last communication of the missing French tourist

Greek police sources say that the tourist, who has not been named, had not been seen in her hotel for a few days. The last SMS message to her family was sent on June 24.

Dozens of police officers, joined by volunteers, have begun a search and rescue mission for the missing French woman. A police helicopter is also combing the area.

Tourists flock to Elafonissi

Elafonissi is among the most visited beaches on Crete. It has become a very popular destination for day trippers who flood to this corner of paradise by car, bus or boat.

It is an island located close to the southwestern corner of Crete, of which it is administratively a part, in the regional unit of Chania.

When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water. The island is a protected nature reserve.

It is known for its pink sand beaches, created by tidal and wave-induced deposits of pigmented microorganisms living in a symbiotic relationship with native seaweed.

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