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Intense footage shows rockslide on popular Greek beach, sending waves of damage

Small boats are capsized after a landslide occurred at the popular beach of Navagio or Shipwreck Beach in Greece Modal Trigger Small boats are capsized after a landslide occurred at the popular beach of Navagio or Shipwreck Beach in Greece. AP
Patty Aguilar | 16 September, 2018, 00:33

At least seven people were injured in Greece on Thursday in a rockfall at the popular Navagio beach in the island of Zakynthos, Greek authorities said.

Authorities of the ports authorities made the decision to protect the safety of thousands of tourists visiting the famous "Shipwreck Beach" each day during peak tourism season. The rest only had minor injuries.

At least seven people were hurt when part of the rock face broke away, officials say.

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. As reported by Reuters, one Czech woman received injuries to her back and the coastguard transferred her to a local hospital [VIDEO].

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The force of the fall created a large wave, resulting in a couple of small vessels in the vicinity being overturned. She said they heard an "almighty cracking sound" as the sheet of rock crashed down onto the beach, flooding the busy beach and capsizing boats.

Imagine the worst beach trip you possibly can.

He said: "I thought more was coming and I just started running".

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

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