Coast guard closes emblematic Greek beach after rockfall

At least one person was injured and boats capsized when sections of sheer cliff collapsed onto a popular beach on Greek island of Zakynthos on September 13, according to local media and eyewitnesses.

One of the Ionian island's main attractions, Navagio has a shipwreck on the shore and is surrounded by steep cliffs.

Coast guard officials told the Evening Standard that those hurt had not sustained any life-threatening injuries.

Footage of the incident, which took place at Navagio Beach on the isle of Zakynthos, shows tourists fleeing as the large sheet of rock breaks away from the cliff face.

A total of seven people were treated in hospital for injuries, including a 34-year-old Czech woman with a fractured vertebra, the government said in a statement. "We heard a sound and a small part of the rock fell, then a second one, and finally a third and large piece dropped in the sea, creating turbulence that overturned the boats", a witness reported.

The water hit his feet with such a strong force, it knocked him onto his back and went on to cover more than half the beach.

Rescue services with sniffer dogs are searching the beach for possible victims. O'Connell described the chaos, with families scrambling to rush to safety on the boats in the bay.

There were many tourists with children at the beach who were evacuated on boats.

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


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