Rockfall at Shipwreck Beach in Zante terrifies tourists

Rockfall at Shipwreck Beach in Zante terrifies tourists

All vessels are banned from approaching the beach, which can only be reached by sea, and from anchoring in the bay until further notice.

Witnesses said a large rock fell from a cliff into the sea at Navagio, known as Shipwreck Beach, creating a large wave that capsized small boats, local media reported.

The other three people injured were treated and released. Greek authorities say a landslide at a popular beach on the western island of Zakynthos has resulted in at least one injury, while coast guard officials were seeking to determine whether there were any people missing.

A video shot by an onlooker showed a huge slab of rock sliding off the 200-metre cliff face above Navagio beach and crashing onto the sand, narrowly missing two people below. The woman's husband and two children were hospitalized with minor injuries. The rock was so large, it caused a small tsunami, with large waves crashing onto the beach.

He said: "I thought more was coming and I just started running".

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.

"So far, we haven't found any trapped people but we will continue searching", a fire brigade official said. Rescue services employed sniffer dogs to search the beach itself for possible victims of the rockfall. The spot is popular with tourists and locals, who get to the cove either on small tourist or private boats.

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