Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Greek cliff collapses on popular beach, injuring seven

Greek cliff collapses on popular beach, injuring seven

People embark a vessel after a landslide occurred at the popular beach of Navagio, or Shipwreck Beach, on the western island of Zakynthos, Greece, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.

Witnesses said a large rock fell from a cliff into the sea at Navagio, known as Shipwreck Beach, creating a large wave that capsized small boats, local media reported.

At least seven people have been injured after a rockfall at a popular beach on the Greek Island of Zakynthos.

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Video footage of the incident shows people running in panic as a large sheet of rock fell off the rock wall.

Coast guard and fire brigade officials confirmed that the injuries sustained were not life-threatening. While so far, no one has been found, they said they were continuing their search.

Josh O'Connell, 21, of Kilkenny, Ireland, who works for a tour company on Zante, said there were more than a dozen tourist boats in the bay and 400-500 people in the area.

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While now, no one is missing, the coastguard called in helicopters and boats to search the area, in case anyone was trapped under the rocks.

The weight of the rock sent a small tsunami across the sands as tourists scrambled to reach safety.

Among those injured was a 34-year-old Czech woman who had a fractured vertebra.

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Her husband and two children were hospitalised with minor injuries.

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