Greek cliff collapses on popular beach, injuring seven

15 September, 2018, 03:25 | Author: Carlos George
  • 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.

British woman Wendy Thorpe said she was on a boat with her daughter when the cliff collapsed and there was an "almighty crash".

The beach at Navagio, known as Shipwreck Beach, is popular with tourists. At least seven people received minor injuries.

Coast guard and fire brigade officials confirmed that the injuries sustained were not life-threatening.

The video, posted on the island's official Twitter account, shows a large chunk of the cliff face falling as tourists below scatter.

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.

He described the aftermath as "chaos", with families and children running to get to safety on the boats.

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

Greek news outlet Nooz said early reports that said three people were injured and others were missing were inaccurate.

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

Lynette Bridges, 58, was on a tour boat, pulling up to "Shipwreck Beach" as the incident happened.

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