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

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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.

According to BBC News, at least seven people were injured.

Video footage of the moment showed the rock split and drop onto the shore, sending up a cloud of dust and speeding waves inland over the assorted tourists. One local tour guide compared the rockfall to a "four-storey building falling onto the beach".

The coastguard said everyone who had visited the beach on tourist boats had been accounted for. The videographers no doubt ran when they realised what was happening.

None of the injuries sustained in the incident on Thursday afternoon are believed to be life-threatening.

A Czech woman suffered back injuries and was transferred to hospital, a coast official said.

Her husband and two children were hospitalised with minor injuries. O'Connell estimates there are around 400 to 500 people in the area when the rockfall occurred and around a dozen tourist boats were out in the bay.

"There was a rumble and a rock fell, followed by a larger rock and then another". The fire department said it had sent 18 rescuers accompanied by a sniffer dog, while a further nine-person crew was heading to the site by helicopter.

The beach is also known as Shipwreck Beach.