American tourist killed in Santorini rockfall

A 52-year-old American tourist was killed on Monday 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 52-year-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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