Landslide injures tourists at famed ‘shipwreck’ beach in Greece

Holidaymakers moved away from cliff face but feared more could fall

The landslide occurred Thursday on the Navagio Beach, or Shipwreck Beach, on the northwestern coast of the island.

Rescuers from the local coast guard and the fire department soon arrived on the scene to evacuate the beach and prevent boats from approaching.

"A giant wave hit the small boats and debris hit people on the beach", she said.

An air and sea search was conducted as a precaution in case there was anyone trapped under the rocks.

Footage posted on social media showed people running in panic as a large section of the cliff peeled off and crashed down close to several bathers.

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

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Among those injured was a 34-year-old woman from the Czech Republic, who suffered a fractured vertebra.

There were at least seven people injured in the rockfall, but according to coastguard officials, none of them received life-threatening injuries.

Tourists board a boat at the beach Navagio following a rockfall, on the island of Zakynthos, Greece September 13, 2018.

Her husband and two children were hospitalised with minor injuries.

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 file photo, people enjoy the popular beach of Navagio, or Shipwreck Beach, on the western island of Zakynthos, Greece.

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