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Airlift rescue fails to save vegetable picker

Larnaca general hospital

A 52-year-old man from Liopetri, Famagusta, died on Tuesday while picking vegetables with his son, 13.

According to a police report, the man, Petros Costis Vasili, father of four, had gone to the Latouros area between the villages of Ayios Theodoros and Alaminos, Larnaca, to collect wild asparagus.

While there, Vasili felt fatigue and chest pain, and called a friend of his to say he was facing heart trouble.

The friend then notified Vasili’s brother, who called the police.

Kofinou’s EMAK squad and police aircraft launched a rescue operation.

State telecoms company CyTA disclosed information that could lead to Vasili’s whereabouts, and the scene was approached by helicopter.

An on-board nurse tried to resuscitate the unconscious man, to no avail.

The man and his son were air-lifted to the Larnaca General hospital, where the attending doctor pronounced Vasili dead on arrival.

Vasili is survived by his wife and four children, aged 10 to 24.

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