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Cliff collapse at tourist beach on Greece's Zakynthos island injures seven

Cliff collapse on Greece's 'shipwreck beach' injures tourists One injured after rockfall at pristine beach in Zakynthos
Jeannette Daniel | 16 September, 2018, 00:29

Tourists reacted in horror as they watched the aftermath of a cliff collapse on a popular beach on the Greek island of Zakynthos.

Navagio beach is named after a shipwreck lying just a few meters off the coast and is known throughout the world for its tropical-blue bathing waters and scenic white-sand setting. Authorities later said everyone who had arrived at the beach on tourist boats had been accounted for.

A government statement said a 34-year-old Czech woman had been hospitalised with a fractured vertebra, while her husband and two children sustained light injuries.

O'Connell described the piece of rock that fell as being as big as a four-storey building, crashing down onto the beach.

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A couple of small vessels overturned from the force of the fall that caused high waves, witnesses told authorities. Meanwhile, some boats were capsizing in the strong waves. However, authorities conducted searches out of an abundance of caution.

Rescue teams were searching for anyone who could be trapped.

Imagine the worst beach trip you possibly can.

Rescuers from the local coast guard and the fire department soon arrived on the scene to evacuate the beach and prevent boats from approaching. The beach draws its nickname of "Shipwreck Beach" from another disaster when a freighter, the MV Panagiotis, that ran aground there in 1980.

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