Rockfall at Navagio Beach in Zakynthos injures tourists

15 September, 2018, 03:24 | Author: Sheila Harris
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Seven people were injured yesterday when a landslide sent rocks crashing down on to a Greek beach packed with tourists.

The video included below shows the moment the rock broke away from the cliff face, with what was described as some as being an "almighty cracking sound".

As reported by Reuters, one Czech woman received injuries to her back and the coastguard transferred her to a local hospital [VIDEO].

"There was a noise and a small piece of rock fell, then a second bigger and finally a third big piece of rock that during the fall created a sea whirlpool that overturned the boats", a witness told the BBC.

Seven people were injured on Thursday after a part of the cliff overshadowing the beach gave way.

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Navagio is one of the island's main attractions, with the beach featuring a shipwreck on the shore.

Authorities shut down access to the beach, which lies at the foot of a 200-metre (650-foot) cliff and is accessible only by boat, as a precaution. Her husband and two children were also hospitalized with minor injuries, along with three other beachgoers who were treated and released.

He said: "I thought more was coming and I just started running".

The beach is also known as Shipwreck Beach.

The 21-year-old, who works for a tour company on the island, said: "The rock that fell, oh gosh, it would be like a four storey building falling onto the beach".

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