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Cliff Collapse On Zante Beach Causes Mini 'Tsunami' Leaving Several Injured

Cliff Collapse On Zante Beach Causes Mini 'Tsunami' Leaving Several Injured

Tourists enjoying some sun at a busy Zante beach had quite the shock when a landslide caused a small tsunami, injuring seven.

Video footage from the incident, posted to the website of Greek newspaper Proto Thema, shows rocks come crashing down from a cliff at the island's Navagio beach, before people start running away - a small surge of water rushing onto the sand.

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Credit: PA
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An official has said that, while fire brigade and coast guard teams confirmed that no one is missing, authorities had air and sea assets carrying out a search of the area, just in case people had been trapped under the rocks.

An official from the local fire brigade said: "So far, we haven't found any trapped people but we will continue searching."

A coastguard official said that one Czech woman had suffered back injuries and was transferred to hospital.

A hospital official also told Reuters that that six other people - including two children - had received treatment for minor injuries.

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Several boats were also overturned during the incident.

According to the Daily Mail, Navagio beach (which takes its names from the remains of a cargo ship that was wrecked there almost 40 years ago) is extremely popular with people, including bungee jumpers and fans of other extreme sports.

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Credit: PA

However, authorities decided to close public access to the beach as a precautionary measure, meaning it is now only accessible by boat.

One eyewitness told ANA news agency: "There was a rumble and a rock fell, followed by a larger rock and then another. They whipped up a whirlpool that overturned (three) boats."

Twenty-six-year-old Paris Jade Thorpe and 53-year-old Wendy Thorpe, of Odiham in Hampshire, also told the Daily Mail: "We went to take some pics for my daughter's portfolio and took a phone selfie before getting out the main camera.

"We were last in the queue to get off the boat before we got off and an almighty crash was heard - we saw people running up towards the back of the boat screaming.

"I looked up and saw another smash of rock come away and a giant wave hit the small boats and debris hit people on the beach.

"They were trying to scramble and then a giant wave hit rocked and capsized the boats. I then took phone footage.

"My daughter ran up the back of boat to get me and we thought more rocks were going to fall. Everyone was screaming and asking the boat crew to move out but they were taking other people off the beach onto our boat."

Featured Image Credit: ViralHog / PA

Topics: World News, News

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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