Landslide on Greek island beach injures three

Zakynthos landslide injures beachgoers

At least one tourist was injured following a rockfall on Zante's famous Navagio beach, Greek coastguard and police officials said.

Authorities evacuated and shut down access to the beach, which can only by reached by boat, as a precaution.

The landslide occurred Thursday on the Navagio Beach, or Shipwreck Beach, on the northwestern coast of the island.

The other three people injured were treated and released.

Video footage shows beach-goers running in panic as part of a cliff peels off the rock wall at the end of Navagio beach, tumbling to the sand.

In total, seven people suffered non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the rockslide, including a 34-year-old Czech woman who was hospitalized with a spinal injury, the Associated Press reported.

Her husband and two children were hospitalised with minor injuries.

"There was a rumble and a rock fell, followed by a larger rock and then another".

A couple of small vessels overturned from the force of the fall that caused high waves, witnesses told authorities. O'Connell described the chaos, with families scrambling to rush to safety on the boats in the bay. The fire department said it had sent 18 rescuers accompanied by a sniffer dog, while a further nine-person crew was heading to the site by helicopter. The spot is popular with tourists and locals, who get to the cove either on small tourist or private boats.

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