UK rescuers return to Greece to look for missing runner

A team of rescue volunteers from the UK have been flown out to Greece to pick up efforts to locate a runner who has been missing on Mount Taygetos since early April, the BBC reported on Friday.

John Lawton, aged 62, went missing on April 8 during the Taygetos Challenge 2012, near Kalamata. He was last seen in the latter stages of the competition after his name was ticked off at the fourth check point along the route, which features a tough terrain of gorges and sheer drops.

Speaking to the BBC, his wife, Lynda, said that she knows her husband is not likely to be alive but hopes to be able to «bring him home.”

Nine search and rescue volunteers from Lawton’s hometown of Cheshire have been flown out to Greece for a second time and are planning to carry out a six-day search for the missing man.

Greek police have told Lynda Lawton that the case remains open.

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