Greek cliff collapses on popular beach, injuring seven


Rescuers from the local coast guard and the fire department soon arrived on the scene to evacuate the beach and prevent boats from approaching.

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. While so far, no one has been found, they said they were continuing their search.

None of the injuries sustained in the incident on Thursday afternoon are believed to be life-threatening.

While now, no one is missing, the coastguard called in helicopters and boats to search the area, in case anyone was trapped under the rocks.

Seven people were injured, with one woman suffering back injuries.

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

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Another three people were discharged after medical tests, the government said.

One of the Ionian island's main attractions, Navagio has a shipwreck on the shore and is surrounded by steep cliffs.

The beach is also known as Shipwreck Beach.

Witnesses on the beach said there were three boats with passengers in the area during the landslide.

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.