Seven hurt in Greek island beach rockslide

Sat 15 Sep 2018, 10:28:27
Seven people including a family of Czech tourists were injured Thursday following a rockslide at Navagio beach on the island of Zante, one of Greece’s most popular travel destinations, officials said.
A government statement said a 34-year-old Czech woman had been hospitalized with a fractured vertebra, while her husband and two children sustained light injuries.
Another three people were discharged after medical tests, the government said.
A video shot by an onlooker showed a huge slab of rock sliding off the 200-meter (656-foot) cliff face above Navagio beach and crashing onto the sand, narrowly missing two people below.
“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,” a witness told state agency ANA.
Authorities evacuated and shut down access to the beach, which can only by reached by boat, as a precaution.
Hundreds of people were on the beach at the time, including children.
Navagio is one of Greece’s most popular beaches, taking its name from the remains of a cargo ship that was wrecked there nearly 40 years ago.
The site is also favored by bungee jumpers and other extreme sports enthusiasts.
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