Tragic Start to the Season

Three taxi boats were completely destroyed and one seriously damaged in the boatyard at Tolis, Pedi, last night. Residents on yachts in the bay spotted the blaze at approximately 3 am and sounded the alarm by blowing their hooters. Although local residents and volunteers rallied and formed a bucket chain the fire was already out of control and it was impossible to save the three boats. A number of other boats were still on the beach as May is traditionally the month for finishing boat painting and relaunching and it was fortunate that the fire was contained before it reached any of the wooden caiques and fishing boats.

A bad start indeed for those whose livelihood running the taxi boats in the summer. At least one person suffered burns while helping to put the fire out. At this stage it is unclear how the fire started.

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I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

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