Published: Sun, September 16, 2018

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

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

The other three people injured were treated and released.

The chaos following the rockfall at Navagio Beach on the Greek island of Zakynthos on Thursday was described by some tourists as being "like Dunkirk".

Shipwreck Beach is a popular tourist spot on Zante and was reportedly full of holidaymakers when the cliff face collapsed. The rest only had minor injuries.

The incident occurred at the iconic Navagio (shipwreck) beach where the rusty wreck of a freighter vessel which ran aground in autumn 1980 still rests on site.

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.


At least two small boats were capsized in the surrounding waters due to high waves created by the falling rocks. Meanwhile, some boats were capsizing in the strong waves.

"So far, we haven't found any trapped people but we will continue searching", said one official with the local fire brigade, Reuters reported.

The coastguard later called off their search, saying everyone who had travelled to the beach on the tourist boats had been accounted for.

"We started to hear this almighty cracking sound and the first lot came down quickly followed by the second lot", she said.

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