Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Rock slide in Zakynthos, one woman injured, three feared missing

Rock slide in Zakynthos, one woman injured, three feared missing

A general view shows the beach Navagio following a rockfall, in the island of Zakynthos, Greece September 13, 2018.

Seven people including a family of Czech tourists were injured Thursday following a rockslide at Navagio beach on the island of Zakynthos or Zante, one of Greece's most popular travel destinations, officials said.

Video footage of the terrifying moment showed the rock from the limestone cliff face split and plummet to the shore, sending waves crashing over tourists.

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

The force of the fall created a large wave, resulting in a couple of small vessels in the vicinity being overturned.

There were at least seven people injured in the rockfall, but according to coastguard officials, none of them received life-threatening injuries.

There were no people missing, one of the officials said but authorities were combing land and sea as a precaution, the official said. One woman was reportedly treated for a fractured vertebra.

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.

The beach is also known as Shipwreck Beach.

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