Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visits the burnt area of Mati, east of Athens, Monday, July 30, 2018. Fire officials in Greece raised the death toll from a wildfire that raged through the Mati coastal area east of Athens to 91 and reported that 25 people were still missing Sunday. (Greek Prime Minister's Office via AP)

The Latest: Greece: Divers find body near site of wildfire

July 30, 2018 - 12:52 pm

RAFINA, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the July 23 wildfire in Greece (all times local):

7:10 p.m.

Coast guard divers have recovered a body offshore of an area of Greece ravaged by a deadly wildfire a week ago, as the search for possible victims continued on the coastline where hundreds people were forced to flee. 

The death toll from the blaze some 30 kilometers (18 miles) northeast of Athens remained at 91 on Monday while authorities worked to confirm if the body was related to the fire. 

The coast guard has mobilized massive resources in its search for potential victims of the fire. Coast guard patrol vessels, helicopters and a navy frigate have been scouring the sea.

They have been joined by coast guard special operations forces, which include divers able to reach depths of 120 meters and using underwater scooters to cover greater distances. 

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12:35 p.m.

Greece's prime minister has visited the site of Greece's deadliest wildfire in decades, a week after the blaze swept through a seaside resort north of Athens, killing dozens.

Alexis Tsipras visited Mati, the worst-affected area, early Monday morning, tweeting that he spoke with "citizens, engineers, soldiers, firefighters and volunteers." His office released photos and the prime minister took along a camera from state-run television. No other media was alerted.

Last week, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos visited the area and was heckled by distraught survivors who criticized the response to the fire.

The blaze, whipped by gale-force winds, raced through the seaside area northeast of Athens on July 23. The vast majority of victims died in the fire itself, with some drowning while swimming out to sea fleeing the flames.

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