Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Cliff Collapses in Greece at Famed 'Shipwreck' Beach

Cliff Collapses in Greece at Famed 'Shipwreck' Beach

A general view shows the beach Navagio following a rockfall, in the island of Zakynthos, Greece September 13, 2018.

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.

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.

The chaos following the rockfall at Navagio Beach on the Greek island of Zakynthos on Thursday was described by some tourists as being "like Dunkirk".


Video footage uploaded on the website of Greek newspaper Proto Thema showed bathers running in panic as a large part of a cliff peeled off the rockwall and tumbled down at a point close to the sandy shore.

"We haven't found any trapped people but we will continue searching", a spokesperson for the fire brigade said.

Among those injured was a 34-year-old Czech woman who had a fractured vertebra. The other six people injured included two children and according to a hospital official they received treatment for minor injuries.

Authorities shut down access to the beach, which lies at the foot of a 200-metre (650-foot) cliff and is accessible only by boat, as a precaution.

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