Monday, 24 September, 2018

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

Small boats are capsized after a landslide occurred at the popular beach of Navagio or Shipwreck Beach in Greece Modal Trigger Small boats are capsized after a landslide occurred at the popular beach of Navagio or Shipwreck Beach in Greece. AP
Steven Clarke | 16 September, 2018, 00:30

According to the reports, six people were slightly injured including two children.

Seven people including a family of Czech tourists were injured Thursday following a rockslide at Navagio beach on the island of Zakynthos or Zante, one of Greece's most popular travel destinations, officials said.

Also known as "shipwreck beach", the cove is only accessible by sea, and is famous for the wreckage of a small cargo ship that has been washed up on the beach since the '80s. The rest only had 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.

At least seven people were hurt when part of the rock face broke away, officials say.

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

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He continued: "I thought more was coming and with the size of the waves coming towards me I just started running". (Supplied) Small boats at the beach were capsized as a result of the fall sparking big waves.

While now, no one is missing, the coastguard called in helicopters and boats to search the area, in case anyone was trapped under the rocks.

Sniffer dogs have now been deployed by local authorities to search for anyone trapped by the landslide, although the local coastguard said that everyone who had visited the beach had been accounted for.

Imagine the worst beach trip you possibly can.

Fire department rescue crews headed to the area accompanied by a sniffer dog, while the coast guard evacuated the beach and banned boats from approaching until further notice. 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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