• Residents describe the yet-to-be-identified Brit as a "calm man"
  • Though he owned a home in the Almyrida area, he spent his time in the boat
  • His dog, found alive on the wreckage of the boat, has been rescued by the Animal Protection Society

A British man has been found dead in the Greek island of Crete with his one hand tied on to the deck of a yacht he owned. Local fishermen discovered the submerged yacht of the 74-year-old expatriate on Sunday morning in the port of Souda, near Chania.

According to Euro Weekly News, his hands were tied mysteriously to the deck. Divers from the Greek Coast Guard fished out his body from a depth of 4.5 meters and moved it to a local hospital for autopsy.

Local people said the yet-to-be-identified man had been living in the yacht with his dog for the last many years. Though he owned a home in the Almyrida area, he spent his time in the boat. Residents describe him as a calm man.

An investigation has been launched by the Port Police into the death, and why his hand was found tied on to the vessel. However, divers who retrieved the body said there were no signs of criminal activity.

A report by a local news outlet said the Brit often had visitors on the boat. There was also a robbery on the boat two years ago, after which the man was found with his feet bound by a rope.

According to Police, they are also looking into a possible foul play. "There may not have been marks or any bruising that would suggest a struggle on his body, but nothing can be ruled out. He may have been suffocated. We find it highly suspicious that such a large boat, that was 20 meters long, could sink in a matter of hours," sources said. The yacht named Coral of Cowes is 100-year-old and 30 meters long.

His dog, found alive on the wreckage, has been rescued by the Animal Protection Society. A post by the society said the animal was desperately trying to hold on to the mast to avoid drowning.

"Unfortunately, the guardian of the dog, who is an English citizen, was found dead. Please anyone who can foster the dog temporarily, so that the Police can look for the family of his unfortunate guardian," the post read.

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