Tourists flee as cliff face falls on to holiday beach

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A rock wall has peeled off the cliff face surrounding the popular Greek beach of Navagio injuring tourists. At least seven people received minor injuries.

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

"It was like Dunkirk, all these people coming to the edge of the water, all these boats of people coming to get them and all this panic".

Josh O'Connell, 21, of Kilkenny, Ireland, who works for a tour company on Zante, said there were more than a dozen tourist boats in the bay and 400-500 people in the area.


Among those injured was a 34-year-old woman from the Czech Republic, who suffered a fractured vertebra.

Videos show two large sections of limestone crashing down, sending large waves onto the beach and overturning vessels. (Supplied) Small boats at the beach were capsized as a result of the fall sparking big waves. Rescue services employed sniffer dogs to search the beach itself for possible victims of the rockfall.

"We started to hear this almighty cracking sound and the first lot came down quickly followed by the second lot", she said.

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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