This is the horrifying moment a landslide hit the the popular Navagio beach in Greece, injuring at least seven people. Dramatic footage captures the moment British holidaymakers cheated death in scenes described ‘like Dunkirk’ after tons of rock fell from a cliff face onto a packed tourist beach on the Greek island of Zakynthos, also known as Zante.
Although fire brigade and coast guard officials said there was no one missing, authorities had air and sea assets in the area and were conducting a search as a precaution, in case people were trapped under the rocks, one official said. One of the Ionian island’s main attractions, Navagio, which can only be reached by boat, has a shipwreck on the shore and is surrounded by steep cliffs. 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.
A couple of small vessels overturned from the force of the fall that caused high waves, witnesses told authorities. A Czech woman suffered back injuries and was transferred to hospital, a coast official said. Another six people, including two children, had received treatment for minor injuries, a hospital official in Zakynthos told Reuters. ‘There was a rumble and a rock fell, followed by a larger rock and then another. They whipped up a whirlpool that overturned (three) boats,’ an eyewitness told ANA news agency.
Navagio is one of Greece’s most popular beaches, taking its name from the remains of a cargo ship that was wrecked there nearly 40 years ago. The site is also favoured by bungee jumpers and other extreme sports enthusiasts. Rescue services with sniffer dogs have been searching the beach for possible victims. The coastguard later said everyone who had visited the beach on tourist boats had been accounted for.
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