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Landslide injures tourists at famed ‘shipwreck’ beach in Greece

Zakynthos landslide injures beachgoers Landslide at famed Greek ‘Shipwreck Beach’ injures woman
Pablo Mccormick | 14 September, 2018, 13:59

People embark a vessel after a landslide occurred at the popular beach of Navagio, or Shipwreck Beach, on the western island of Zakynthos, Greece, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.

At least one tourist was injured following a rockfall on Zante's famous Navagio beach, Greek coastguard and police officials said.

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.

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"A giant wave hit the small boats and debris hit people on the beach", she said. While so far, no one has been found, they said they were continuing their search.

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

Authorities evacuated and shut down access to the beach, which can only by reached by boat, as a precaution.

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According to authorities, the three victims are being transferred to Zakynthos General Hospital, while an emergency team from the local Fire Brigade (EMAK) are searching under fallen rocks for other possible victims.

Lynette Bridges, 58, said her tour boat had just pulled up on Zante's Shipwreck Beach when an enormous sheet of stone crashed into the sea, capsizing boats and flooding the crowded sands.

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