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Greek rescuers search beach after massive rockfall

Greek rescuers search beach after massive rockfall

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.

It is one of the Ionian island's main attractions, in part because of the shipwreck on the shore and also because of its surrounding steep cliffs.

At least seven people have been injured after a rockfall at a popular beach on the Greek Island of Zakynthos.

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

"We haven't found any trapped people but we will continue searching", a spokesperson for the fire brigade 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.

A video shot by an onlooker showed a huge slab of rock sliding off the 200-metre cliff face above Navagio beach and crashing onto the sand, narrowly missing two people below.

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

Witnesses on the beach said there were three boats with passengers in the area during the landslide. One woman was reportedly treated for a fractured vertebra.

A Czech woman suffered back injuries and was transferred to hospital, a coast official said.