Rockfall at Greek beach injures tourists

Zakynthos landslide injures beachgoers

A section of a cliff fell onto a popular secluded beach on the western Greek island of Zakynthos Thursday, injuring seven people, including a woman who suffered a spinal injury, authorities said.

Video footage shows beach-goers running in panic as part of a cliff peels off the rock wall at the end of Navagio beach, tumbling to the sand. A female tourist was lightly injured and taken to a local hospital.

Her husband and two children were hospitalised with minor injuries.

As reported by the Evening Standard, Josh O'Connell, 21, of Kilkenny, Ireland works for a local tour company and described the terrifying scene.

He said: "The rock that fell would be like a four-storey building falling on to the beach".

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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. O'Connell described the chaos, with families scrambling to rush to safety on the boats in the bay.

"So far, we haven't found any trapped people but we will continue searching", a fire brigade official said.

Imagine the worst beach trip you possibly can. She said they heard an "almighty cracking sound" as the sheet of rock crashed down onto the beach, flooding the busy beach and capsizing boats.

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.

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