Firemen battled fires in Keratea, east of Athens, and on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, the fire service announced yesterday. The blaze in Keratea broke out on forestland and was pushed toward residential areas by strong winds. A total of 40 firefighters were dispatched to the scene with 20 fire engines, while three helicopters and two water-dropping aircraft aided the effort. The fire on Lesvos broke out in an olive grove near the Moria hot spot for migrants. Strong winds also hampered firefighting efforts but the blaze had been partially contained by late evening.
A 7-year-old boy who suffered serious head injuries off the coast of Zakynthos when he was hit by a speedboat last Saturday, was said to be in stable condition yesterday. The boy underwent neurosurgery on Sunday and remains in critical condition at the Patra University Hospital in western Greece. Doctors said he had stabilized yesterday and that today could be decisive. The three people who had been aboard the boat which hit the boy were arrested. The exact circumstances of the accident were unclear.