American tourist Albert Calibet missing for days on the Greek island of Amorgos

Greek authorities are searching for an American tourist who disappeared after hiking alone on the island of Amorgos.

Local authorities say Albert Calibet, 59, went missing Tuesday afternoon. His friend reported him missing when he did not return from his walk.

Several agencies are involved in the search for Calibet, including coast guard volunteers and teams from the neighboring islands of Paros and Naxos, according to the Greek public broadcaster. ERT News.

Her disappearance comes days after British TV presenter Michael Mosley disappeared on the Greek island of Symi, where his body was found four days later.

The BBC has contacted the US State Department for comment on the search for Mr Calibet.

Authorities are searching both by land and water in an area covering almost a quarter of Amorgos, the island’s mayor, Eleftherios Karaiskos, told ERT.

They have been using a drone to search the northern part of the island and are also trying to track Mr Calibet’s two mobile phones. Calls to Mr. Calibet, who the mayor said had visited the island before, have gone unanswered.

“We’ve been here almost three days now,” his brother Oliver Calibet told Fox 11 TV in Los Angeles. “There is no water… I am very distressed.”

Oliver Calibet and Mr. Calibet’s girlfriend are on their way to Greece to help in the search. ABC News reported.

The island’s mayor said the hike Calibet had embarked on was busy and not particularly challenging, suggesting the American may have deviated from his planned route.

Calibet, described as a retired Los Angeles County police officer, began a walk Tuesday morning in the town of Aegiali, according to local media.

A few minutes later, he is believed to have texted a picture of the sign showing the route he was taking to Katapola, about a four-hour walk.

About two hours later, a local woman said she spoke to the missing tourist after he bought drinks at a nearby store. Sofia Liviaki told Mega TV that Calibet had drank a soft drink, showed her the planned route and took a bottle of water with her for the rest of the trip.

Mr Calibet’s disappearance has shocked the local community of Amorgos, where he has been a regular visitor for several years. While the path he chose is well-trodden and not difficult, the island has been experiencing a heat wave with temperatures currently reaching 35°C (95°F).

“Temperatures are very high, like throughout Greece during the heat wave,” the island’s deputy mayor for tourism, Popi Despotidi, told Greek media. “We assume he felt dizzy… and collapsed somewhere. It’s strange because he’s not someone walking this route for the first time.”

“Our hope is that we can bring him home safely,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna. ABC News. “We are actively collaborating with multiple agencies overseas to assist in the search for Deputy Calibet and will use every resource we have available to bring him back to those who love him.”

The search for the missing man comes just days after officials spent days scouring another Greek island, Symi, in search of Dr. Mosley, a famous British television doctor who disappeared after going for a walk from a beach.

Her body was found in a rocky area and investigators concluded that she died of natural causes on the day she disappeared.

BBC reporter indicates area where British television presenter Michael Mosley was found

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