a forest fire caused by a fireworks display from a yacht

a forest fire caused by a fireworks display from a yacht
a forest fire caused by a fireworks display from a yacht

13 crew members of a yacht in Greece will be tried after causing a fire on the island of Hydra when fireworks were set off, in a context where penalties for arson have been strengthened. What will be the consequences for them?

Tl;dr

  • A yacht’s crew faces prosecution for starting a fire on Hydra Island.
  • All 13 crew members deny the charges and will go on trial on Wednesday.
  • The fire destroyed 30 hectares of pine forest, the only one still preserved on the island.
  • Greece recently toughened penalties for arson due to the increased risk of forest fires.

Yacht causes fire in Greece

Thirteen sailors will appear this Wednesday, June 25 before Greek justice. They are suspected of having started a devastating fire on the tourist island of Hydra because of fireworks fired from their yacht. According to public television channel ERT, they were interviewed this Sunday and denied the accusations.

The unspoiled nature of Hydra suffered a great loss with this disaster. Information relayed by the island’s firefighters reveals that the only intact pine forest was consumed, thus impacting 30 hectares. The firefighters’ publication sparked outrage on social media and on the island.

Tougher penalties for arson

Greece recently increased penalties for arson. Those guilty can be sentenced to up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to 200,000 euros. A strong legal response to the “very high risk” of forest fire currently raised by the country’s authorities.

Rising temperature curves

Greece, although accustomed to managing heat waves, is preparing for increasingly complex challenges. Not only has the country just experienced the hottest winter in its history, but the heatwave is getting worse and the fires are becoming more and more virulent. Temperatures regularly reach over 40 degrees Celsius.

Specialists in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argue that rising temperatures caused by human-caused fossil fuel emissions lengthen the fire season and increase the area burned.

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