Search launched on Samothraki for missing hikers

A rescue operation was under way on Samothraki on Wednesday to locate two 24-year-old Greek women believed to have gone hiking on the northern Aegean island on Tuesday but had not been heard from by late last night.

According to local sources, the women started their walk on Tuesday afternoon in Ano Meria, in the eastern part of the island.

A Spanish friend of theirs notified authorities after trying to reach them on their mobile phones without success.