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article imageSeven hurt in Greek island beach rockslide

By AFP     Sep 13, 2018 in World

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 hospitalised 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-metre (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 favoured by bungee jumpers and other extreme sports enthusiasts.

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