Massive cliff chunk collapses onto beach in Greece

Tourists injured after rockfall at pristine beach in Greece's Zakynthos

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 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. The rest only had minor injuries.

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.

"There was a rumble and a rock fell, followed by a larger rock and then another".

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"The water hit my feet with such force that it knocked me on to my back and covered over half of the beach". O'Connell described the chaos, with families scrambling to rush to safety on the boats in the bay.

"So far, we haven't found any trapped people but we will continue searching", a fire brigade official said. Rescue services employed sniffer dogs to search the beach itself for possible victims of the rockfall.

British woman Wendy Thorpe said she was on a boat with her daughter when the cliff collapsed and there was an "almighty crash".

The coastguard said everyone who had visited the beach on tourist boats had been accounted for.

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