A fisherman in Greece has been arrested after catching a dead underwater fisherman in his net and throwing the body back to sea, the coastguard said Monday.
The incident happened on Sunday, the same day that a 74-year-old man, who had been out spear fishing in shallow waters, was reported missing near the coast of Pelion, central Greece.
“The 74-year-old was pulled up … and thrown back while still inside the net,” the coastguard said in a statement. Three patrol boats were sent out to search for the body, which was eventually located by a diver.
The 52-year-old fisherman would be prosecuted for allegedly failing to report the discovery of a dead person, the coastguard said.
Pelion is one of Greece’s most popular travel destinations, drawing thousands of visitors annually to its forests and beaches.
Spearfishing, a practice that dates back thousands of years, is popular in parts of the Mediterranean.