Rockfall at Greek beach injures tourists

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

One of the Ionian island's main attractions, Navagio has a shipwreck on the shore and is surrounded by steep cliffs.

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At least seven people were injured when part of a cliff face broke away at the popular Navagio beach on the Greek island of Zakynthos, officials say.

Video footage of the incident shows people running in panic as a large sheet of rock fell off the rock wall.

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Another Fire Brigade unit based in Elefsina, on the Attica coast, is on its way now to Zakynthos and another EMAK team of ten with a sniffer dog are also on their way to the island, to assist the local Fire Brigade and Coast Guard in searching for possible victims. While so far, no one has been found, they said they were continuing their search. Authorities later said everyone who had arrived at the beach on tourist boats had been accounted for. Local media said witnesses reported a large rock initially fell from the cliff into the sea, creating a large wave that capsized small boats.

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.

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"A giant wave hit the small boats and debris hit people on the beach", she said. The woman's husband and two children were hospitalized with minor injuries.

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