Tourists injured after rockfall at pristine beach in Greece's Zakynthos

14 September, 2018, 14:02 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Relieved Sharon Gifford leaving the beach after the landslide

A female tourist was lightly injured and taken to a local hospital.

One of the Ionian island's main attractions, Navagio has a shipwreck on the shore and is surrounded by steep cliffs. She was hospitalised together with her husband and two children, who suffered minor injuries.

Witnesses on the beach said there were three boats with passengers in the area during the landslide.

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O'Connell described the piece of rock that fell as being as big as a four-storey building, crashing down onto the beach. O'Connell described the chaos, with families scrambling to rush to safety on the boats in the bay. He believed more were coming, so he started running.

"The water hit my feet with such force that it knocked me on to my back and covered over half of the beach". There were no reports of missing people, one of the officials said, but authorities were combing land and sea as a precaution. The fire department said it had sent 18 rescuers accompanied by a sniffer dog, while a further nine-person crew was heading to the site by helicopter. According to the Associated Press, the incident began when a large chunk of limestone fell from a cliff into the ocean, creating a large wave that caused several small boats to capsize. 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.

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