Search in Greece for missing French hiker

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Rescue crews in northern Greece on Saturday were searching for a French hiker missing on Mount Olympus since early October, local police sources said.

Some 35 members of the Hellenic Rescue Team, a Greek non-governmental group, were deployed on the trails of Greece's highest mountain where the hiker, 37-year-old Celine Chaubaroux, was reportedly last seen.

Two more teams of the Greek fire department's rescue squad EMAK have also been dispatched from the cities of Thessaloniki and Larissa, the police said.

Chaubaroux was last seen by a local shepherd on October 7 or 8 and ignored his warning to turn back because of poor weather, Greek daily Ethnos reported on Saturday.

According to the newspaper, the hiker had been staying at a hotel in the mountain village of Karya and had told locals she planned to reach the Kakalos refuge at a height of 2,600 metres (8,530 feet).

Home to the 12 gods of the ancient Greek pantheon, Mount Olympus is a popular destination for hikers and climbers but has the highest accident rate among Greek mountains, mostly involving falls.

© 2010 AFP

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