Massive cliff chunk collapses onto beach in Greece

Small boats are capsized after a landslide occurred at the popular beach of Navagio or Shipwreck Beach in Greece

Modal Trigger Small boats are capsized after a landslide occurred at the popular beach of Navagio or Shipwreck Beach in Greece. AP

"They whipped up a whirlpool that overturned (three) boats", an eyewitness told the agency.

Also known as "shipwreck beach", the cove is only accessible by sea, and is famous for the wreckage of a small cargo ship that has been washed up on the beach since the '80s. At least seven people received minor injuries. Authorities later said everyone who had arrived at the beach on tourist boats had been accounted for.

Among those injured was a 34-year-old woman from the Czech Republic, who suffered a fractured vertebra.

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At least seven people were hurt when part of the rock face broke away, officials say.

O'Connell described the piece of rock that fell as being as big as a four-storey building, crashing down onto the beach. According to the Associated Press, the incident began when a large chunk of limestone fell from a cliff into the ocean, creating a large wave that caused several small boats to capsize.

He continued: "I thought more was coming and with the size of the waves coming towards me I just started running".

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It is not clear how many people were on the beach, which lies at the foot of a 200-metre cliff, at about...

Rescue services with sniffer dogs are searching the beach for possible victims.

All vessels are banned from approaching the beach, which can only be reached by sea, and from anchoring in the bay until further notice.

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