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Cliff Collapses in Greece at Famed 'Shipwreck' Beach

Cliff Collapses in Greece at Famed 'Shipwreck' Beach

Tonnes of rock have fallen from a cliff near a beach on the Greek Island of Zante, capsizing boats and putting hundreds of nearby tourists in danger.

Footage of the incident, which took place at Navagio Beach on the isle of Zakynthos, shows tourists fleeing as the large sheet of rock breaks away from the cliff face.

Their injuries were not life-threatening, fire brigade and coast guard officials said.

Among those injured was a 34-year-old Czech woman who had a fractured vertebra.

"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".

He said: "The rock that fell would be like a four-storey building falling on to the beach".

The force of the fall created a large wave, resulting in a couple of small vessels in the vicinity being overturned. He believed more were coming, so he started running. O'Connell described the chaos, with families scrambling to rush to safety on the boats in the bay.

Rescue services with sniffer dogs are searching the beach for possible victims.

The coastguard later called off their search, saying everyone who had travelled to the beach on the tourist boats had been accounted for. The beach draws its nickname of "Shipwreck Beach" from another disaster when a freighter, the MV Panagiotis, that ran aground there in 1980.