Horror for tourists as rocks fall on to beach on Greek island


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.

Lynette Bridges, 58, from Horndon-on-the Hill in Essex, said her tour boat had just pulled up to the popular Shipwreck Beach when an enormous sheet of stone crashed into the sea, capsizing boats and flooding the crowded beach.

There were at least seven people injured in the rockfall, but according to coastguard officials, none of them received life-threatening injuries. Authorities later said everyone who had arrived at the beach on tourist boats had been accounted for.

The video included below shows the moment the rock broke away from the cliff face, with what was described as some as being an "almighty cracking sound".

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A government statement said a 34-year-old Czech woman had been hospitalised with a fractured vertebra, while her husband and two children sustained light injuries.

He said: "The rock that fell would be like a four-storey building falling on to the beach". He believed more were coming, so he started running. (Supplied) Small boats at the beach were capsized as a result of the fall sparking big waves.

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

The beach is also known as Shipwreck Beach.