Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Rockfall at Shipwreck Beach in Zante terrifies tourists

Rockfall at Shipwreck Beach in Zante terrifies tourists

A cliff collapsed in Greece at a popular beach on the western island of Zakynthos, resulting in injuries, while coast guard officials were seeking to determine whether there were any people missing.

The beach, also known as "shipwreck beach", is popular with tourists and can be reached only by boat.

None of the injuries sustained in the incident on Thursday afternoon are believed to be life-threatening. The rock was so large, it caused a small tsunami, with large waves crashing onto the beach.

Officials have closed off the area to boats - which is the only way to access the beach - until further notice.

Video footage of the terrifying moment showed the rock from the limestone cliff face split and plummet to the shore, sending waves crashing over tourists. At least seven people received minor injuries.

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.

According to a Reuters report, authorities said no one was missing as result of the rockslide but they were conducting a search as a precaution, in case people were trapped under the rocks.

Authorities later said everyone who had arrived at the beach on tourist boats had been accounted for.

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.

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

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