Body of American man found on Greek island – with three other tourists also missing

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The body of a missing American man has been found on the small Greek island of Mathraki.

He was discovered on a rocky and remote beach on Sunday – three days after being reported missing by the friend he was staying with.

The tourist had last been seen on Tuesday at a cafe with two women who have since left the island.

Mathraki has a population of just 100 people, and is a heavily wooded island to the west of Corfu.

There have been several recent cases where tourists have died or gone missing on Greek islands, with many setting out on hikes in high temperatures.

On Saturday, the body of a 74-year-old man from The Netherlands was discovered by a fire service drone, lying face down in a ravine.

He was found just 300m (984ft) from where he had last been seen six days earlier – walking with difficulty in blistering heat.

Greek officials are continuing to search for three missing tourists in The Cyclades group of islands.

Two French women aged 64 and 73 were reported missing on Sikinos on Friday – and had left their hotels to meet up.

Meanwhile, a search is continuing for a 59-year-old American tourist who went for a solo hike in hot conditions on Amorgos and hasn’t been seen since Tuesday.

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Michael Mosley. Pic:bl/Shutterstock

The body of British TV doctor Michael Mosley was discovered on the Greek island of Symi on 9 June – four days after he went missing.

He had gone for a walk on his own from Saint Nikolas Beach, and CCTV footage appeared to show him falling over close to where his body was found.

The 67-year-old’s wife Clare described him as a “wonderful, funny, kind and brilliant husband” – and said her family had been comforted by the many tributes paid to him.

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Michael Mosley’s body removed from Symi

She added: “We’re taking comfort in the fact that he so very nearly made it.

“He did an incredible climb, took the wrong route and collapsed where he couldn’t be easily seen by the extensive search team.

“Michael was an adventurous man, it’s part of what made him so special. We are so grateful to the extraordinary people on Symi who have worked tirelessly to help find him.”

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Worker who found Dr Mosley speaks out

Greece has experienced two consecutive heatwaves in recent weeks, with temperatures reaching 45C (113F) in some parts of the country.

Some local media outlets have urged officials to tell tourists about the dangers of setting off on hikes in intense heat.

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