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Landslide at famed Greek 'shipwreck' beach injures 7

14 September, 2018, 14:00 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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The cove, accessible only by sea, features limestone cliffs towering above the beach of white sand and crystalline water.

An air and sea search was conducted as a precaution in case there was anyone trapped under the rocks.

The chaos following the rockfall at Navagio Beach on the Greek island of Zakynthos on Thursday was described by some tourists as being "like Dunkirk".

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 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. One woman was reportedly treated for a fractured vertebra. Authorities later said everyone who had arrived at the beach on tourist boats had been accounted for.

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Her husband and two children were hospitalised with minor injuries.

According to authorities, the three victims are being transferred to Zakynthos General Hospital, while an emergency team from the local Fire Brigade (EMAK) are searching under fallen rocks for other possible victims.

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 file photo, people enjoy the popular beach of Navagio, or Shipwreck Beach, on the western island of Zakynthos, Greece.

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