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A monk died in an accident near the Hilandar Monastery

04 September 2014 / 12:09:28  GRReporter
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One monk died and two firefighters were injured in two accidents that occurred one after the other in the rugged area near the Hilandar Monastery on Mount Athos. A car of the fire service with two people inside was routinely patrolling the area when, due to the rotten road surface, it slipped and fell into an area that is difficult to access. The two firefighters were seriously hurt in the fall.
     A group of monks from the Hilandar Monastery saw the accident, and immediately got into their car and set off to the scene to help the firefighters. However, 100 metres before the place of the first accident their car slipped too and fell into a 60-70 metre deep abyss. According to the official announcement of the Greek fire service, the cause for the two incidents was the rotten road.
     The two firefighters were taken by helicopter to the 424th military hospital in Thessaloniki with serious bodily injuries. Doctors believe they will be able to provide more accurate information about their condition after 24 hours at the earliest. The identity of the deceased monk has not yet been disclosed.
     "What were the firefighters doing on Mount Athos? It is protected by the Mother of God, isn’t it?" a witty person commented on the accident on Twitter.

Tags: Hilandar MonasteryMount AthosGreek fire serviceInjured firefightersDead monk
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