US man dies in is­land rock­fall

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A 52-year-old Amer­i­can tourist was killed yes­ter­day in a rock­fall near the old port of Oia on the south­ern Aegean is­land of San­torini, po­lice said, adding that the man’s wife and daugh­ter as well as two Mex­i­can tourists were hurt.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred shortly af­ter 3 p.m. on a dirt track near the port when a mass of earth and rocks came un­stuck from the slopes of a hill and tum­bled onto the 52year-old, who had been rid­ing a don­key.

The man is is be­lieved to have been killed in­stantly. His wife, 51, and daugh­ter, 22, as well as two Mex­i­can women, both aged 20, man­aged to es­cape with mi­nor in­juries. They had been walk­ing along­side the don­key with a lo­cal tour guide.

Res­cue work­ers sent to the scene ex­tracted the body of the 52-year-old from un­der the mass of earth and rocks. The other four peo­ple were taken to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal for first-aid treat­ment to their in­juries.

San­torini Mayor Nikos Zor­zos told Kathimerini that land­slides are very rare on the is­land.

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