the yacht’s crew will be judged on Wednesday for the party of its wealthy clients

the yacht’s crew will be judged on Wednesday for the party of its wealthy clients
the yacht’s crew will be judged on Wednesday for the party of its wealthy clients

Rich tourists from Kazakhstan set the Bisti forest, the only one on the tourist island of Hydra, south of Athens, Greece, on fire on Friday June 21. While wandering around on a rental yacht, the Persephone, they set off fireworks after dark. Cinders have reached the pines; 300 hectares burned… The trial of the thirteen members of the crew will open this Wednesday, June 26, 2024, indicates theAFP. The seventeen passengers are not being prosecuted.

“A fire starts every ten minutes”

Greece and its eleven million inhabitants did not need this news item, which was as stupid as it was sickening. The country is collapsing under an extreme heat wave which is coming from Africa and drying out the entire Mediterranean basin. A fire department spokesperson said on Saturday that his teams are overwhelmed by the fires which are multiplying everywhere: We register a new outbreak almost every 10 minutes”.

Five tourists have been found dead in the last fortnight on the Greek islands. Others are missing. Los Angeles police sent a team this weekend to the island of Amorgos in search of one of their own, Albert Calibet, a 59-year-old experienced hiker whose family has not heard from him for more than one week.

Also read. Fires are worrying in Greece, as a summer approaches, which promises to be particularly complicated

The reckless attitude of the Kazakh revelers sparked a wave of expletives in the Greek media and social networks. Particularly in reaction after the arrest, on Saturday, of the 13 members of the yacht’s crew, in the Vouliagmeni marina. When I think that it is the Greeks who we are going to judge and that these tourists are surely sipping refreshing cocktails in the swimming pool of another luxury hotel… commented a certain Mitsou on the Protothema information site. The rich have more money than brains.

Enforce the law on your boat

But the prosecutor of the Piraeus court on Sunday considered that it was up to the captain to enforce the law on his boat. Making fires, fireworks or otherwise, was prohibited during this heatwave. Along with his crew, he is accused of arson and environmental damage. They risk up to twenty years in prison and heavy fines.

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