Cliff collapse at tourist beach on Greece's Zakynthos island injures seven

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

A section of a cliff has fallen onto a popular beach on the western Greek island of Zakynthos, capsizing boats and injuring seven people, authorities said.

The brief video clips included below show the moment the rockfall began, with tons of rock breaking away from the cliff face and falling onto the crowded beach in Zante.

Coast guard and fire brigade officials confirmed that the injuries sustained were not life-threatening.

There were no people missing but 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. The fire department said it had sent 18 rescuers accompanied by a sniffer dog, while a further nine-person crew was heading to the site by helicopter.


Initial reports said three boats were overturned when the slide caused powerful waves.

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.

Her husband and two children were hospitalised with minor injuries.

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

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