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Cliff collapse on Greece's 'shipwreck beach' injures tourists

Cliff collapse on Greece's 'shipwreck beach' injures tourists

The coast guard said one foreign woman was injured and was being transported to a local hospital.

Navagio is one of Greece's most popular beaches, taking its name from the remains of a cargo ship that was wrecked there almost 40 years ago.

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. The rest only had minor injuries.

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

"There was a rumble and a rock fell, followed by a larger rock and then another". He believed more were coming, so he started running.

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The rock's weight drove waves on to the crowded beach, Mr O'Connell said, as families scrambled to safety.

Rescue crews with sniffer dogs were searching the beach on the Greek island of Zante last night for possible victims following the huge landslide.

"The water hit my feet with such force that it knocked me on to my back and covered over half of the beach". 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.

The beach was evacuated and boats were banned from approaching the shore until further notice.


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