A Dutch tourist in Crete was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries after he jumped into an empty swimming pool on Saturday.
The incident happened at a hotel in Hersonissos, Crete. Reports say that the twenty-year-old tourist was intoxicated and did not realize the pool was empty.
Hersonissos is a major holiday resort in Crete attracting thousands of people every year.
The town is about twenty-five kilometers east of Heraklion and west of Agios Nikolaos. What is usually called Hersonissos is in fact its peninsula and harbor. It is part of the Heraklion regional unit.
At the modern settlement of Hersonissos is the site of the ancient town of Chersonesos, an important seaport from Classical Greece through Byzantine times that served the city of Lyttos.
The contemporaneous pleasure port is built over the remains of the Roman port. Some traces of those remains, most of them submerged, are still visible in some areas. On the seaside street, there is a pyramidal Roman fountain with mosaics of fishing scenes. On the top of the rocky hill behind the port stand the ruins of an early Christian basilica with floor mosaics.
The vicinity of Hersonissos is noted for its prehistoric archaeological finds. On the coast, approximately one kilometer to the east of Hersonissos was an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Britomartis.