Landslide at Famed Greek Navagio Beach Injures 7

A landslide at the popular Zakynthos beach of Navagio, Sept. 13, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)

ZAKYNTHOS, Greece –  A section of a cliff fell onto a popular secluded beach on the western Greek island of Zakynthos Thursday, injuring seven people, including a woman who suffered a spinal injury, authorities said.

Local media said witnesses reported that a large rock initially fell from a cliff into the sea at Navagio Beach, or Shipwreck Beach, on the northwestern coast of the island, creating a large wave that capsized small boats.

The cove, accessible only by sea, features limestone cliffs towering above the beach of white sand and crystalline water made famous by the wreckage of a small cargo ship washed up on the beach since the 1980s. The spot is popular with tourists and locals, who get to the cove either on small tourist or private boats.

Small boats are capsized after a landslide occurred at the popular beach of Navagio, or Shipwreck Beach, on the western island of Zakynthos, Greece, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (imerazante.gr via AP)

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 coast guard said later that those who had headed to the beach on tourist boats had all been accounted for.

A total of seven people were treated in hospital for injuries, including a 34-year-old Czech woman with a fractured vertebra, the government said in a statement. The woman’s husband and two children were hospitalized with minor injuries.

The other three people injured were treated and released.

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.  (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

A landslide at the popular Zakynthos beach of Navagio, Sept. 13, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)
A landslide at the popular Zakynthos beach of Navagio, Sept. 13, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)

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