Rockfall at Greek beach injures tourists

Small boats were capsided after the landslide at ‘Shipwreck Beach’ on the Greek island of Zakynthos

Small boats were capsided after the landslide at ‘Shipwreck Beach’ on the Greek island of Zakynthos

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

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.

Coast guard and fire brigade officials confirmed that the injuries sustained were not life-threatening.

The brief video clips included below show the moment the rockfall began, with tons of rock breaking away from the cliff face and falling onto the crowded beach in Zante.

"So far, we haven't found any trapped people but we will continue searching", a fire brigade official said.

Rescue teams with sniffer dogs have reportedly been dispatched to help local authorities search for the missing.

A couple of small vessels overturned from the force of the fall and the subsequent high waves.

The coast guard said later that those who had headed to the beach on tourist boats had all been accounted for. The other six people injured included two children and according to a hospital official they received treatment for minor injuries. The rock was so large, it caused a small tsunami, with large waves crashing onto the beach.

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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