Tourists at Greek island of Zakynthos injured after cliff collapses on beach

Sep 15, 2018, 03:25
Tourists at Greek island of Zakynthos injured after cliff collapses on beach

At least one tourist was injured on Thursday following a rockfall at the Navagio beach in the island of Zakynthos, Greek coast guard and police officials said.

Also known as "shipwreck beach", the cove is only accessible by sea, and is famous for the wreckage of a small cargo ship that has been washed up on the beach since the '80s.

Video footage of the terrifying moment showed the rock from the limestone cliff face split and plummet to the shore, sending waves crashing over tourists.

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"There was a rumble and a rock fell, followed by a larger rock and then another".

A couple of small boats overturned from the force of the fall that caused high waves, witnesses told authorities.

Greek news outlet Nooz said early reports that said three people were injured and others were missing were inaccurate.

Authorities later said everyone who had arrived at the beach on tourist boats had been accounted for.

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He described the aftermath as "chaos", with families and children running to get to safety on the boats.

"We haven't found any trapped people but we will continue searching", a spokesperson for the fire brigade said.

Two small boats just off Navagio beach - nicknamed "Shipwreck Beach", after a freighter shipwreck in 1980 - also capsized as a result of the rockslide.

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