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Cliff collapse at tourist beach on Greece's Zakynthos island injures seven

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A rockslide on the popular Greek holiday island of Zakynthos has injured seven people.

Seven people including a family of Czech tourists were injured Thursday following a rockslide at Navagio beach on the island of Zakynthos or 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.

Two huge sheets of rock fell from the cliff face and crashed into the sea, capsizing boat
Two huge sheets of rock fell from the cliff face and crashed into the sea, capsizing boat
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A video shot by an onlooker showed a huge slab of rock sliding off the 200-metre 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.

Undated handout photo issued by Sharon Robinson Palmer, of a capsized boat
Undated handout photo issued by Sharon Robinson Palmer, of a capsized boat
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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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