Landslide on Greek island beach injures three

Leroy Wright
September 16, 2018

British holidaymakers have described scenes "like Dunkirk" after tons of rock fell from a cliff face onto a packed tourist beach on the Greek island of Zante.

Local media said witnesses reported that a large rock initially fell from a cliff into the sea at Navagio Beach, or Shipwreck Beach, on the northwestern coast of the island, creating a large wave that capsized small boats. Authorities later said everyone who had arrived at the beach on tourist boats had been accounted for.

Seven people were injured, with one woman suffering back injuries. O'Connell estimates there are around 400 to 500 people in the area when the rockfall occurred and around a dozen tourist boats were out in the bay.

It is not clear how many people were on the beach, which lies at the foot of a 200-metre cliff, at about... (Supplied) Small boats at the beach were capsized as a result of the fall sparking big waves.

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"So far, we haven't found any trapped people but we will continue searching", a fire official told the news agency. Rescue services employed sniffer dogs to search the beach itself for possible victims of the rockfall.

Ms Bridges, of Horndon-on-theHill, Essex, said: "We started to hear this almighty cracking sound and the first lot came down, quickly followed by the second lot".

Authorities evacuated and shut down access to the beach, which can only by reached by boat, as a precaution.

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