Search for 2 Missing in Rhodes Storm

Search and rescuers team searches for missing people at the South-East Island of Rhodes, Greece, on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Authorities say deaths are reported after heavy rain struck the island of Rhodes in southeastern Greece, with many trapped in cars, according to the island fire brigade. (AP Photo/Nicolas Nanev)

Fearing they may have been washed out to sea, rescue workers on Nov. 24 continued a desperate search for two people missing on Rhodes after torrential floods in which another two people were killed hit the island two days earlier.

Rescue workers recovered the body of a 27-year-old school teacher off the coast of Kremasti, in the island’s north, in the early hours of Nov. 23, a few hours after the body of another woman, aged 40, was found in a river bed in nearby Ialysos.

The 40-year-old woman’s husband, who is believed to have been with her in a car that was swept away, is one the people still missing. The 27-year-old was a Cypriot woman, according to local reports, who was in a separate car with a 30-year-old man who is currently recovering from shock and a 53-year-old who is unaccounted for.

The ferocious storm caused rapid flooding and stranded hundreds of people trapped in their cars, the island’s firefighting brigade said. Authorities said the two dead Both apparently attempted to leave their cars and were overcome by raging waters.

A helicopter and 10 people of the firefighting service’s crack rescue squad have been sent to Rhodes to help find the missing, officials said. Rain continued through the weekend in Greece.