Authorities in the seaside resort of Loutraki are investigating the circumstances that led to the deaths of four men in a cave in the area of Ano Karbounari on Saturday.
According to local reports, the rescue unit found a power generator and explosive mechanism inside the cave, and speculation is rife the four victims, aged between 34 and 65, died from asphyxiation from the fumes of the machine.
“The most likely scenario investigated by the authorities is that the four men were searching for treasure and tragically died while attempting to blow some kind of an explosive device. Some of them had wires in their hands,” Loutraki Mayor, Giorgos Gionis, told SKAI TV.
A team of 21 firefighters were dispatched to the scene when the wife of one of the men reported her husband missing. She is believed to have driven them to the spot as no vehicle was found nearby by police.
The bodies were retrieved from the cave early in the morning and carried to Corinth Hospital for the cause of death to be identified.