This is the horrible moment when a landslide hit the popular Navagio beach in Greece, injuring at least seven people.
Dramatic footage captures the moment British tourists cheated death in scenes described as "Dunkirk" after tons of rocks fell from a cliff to a beach full of tourists on the Greek island of Zakynthos, also known as Zante.
Although firefighters and coastguard officials said no one was missing, authorities had air and sea assets in the area and were conducting a search as a precaution, in case people were trapped under the rocks, an official said. .
At least seven people were injured after a landslide on the beach of Navagio on the island of Zante, state agency ANA said. The horrible moment when the landslide hit the beach crowded with British tourists was captured on video
Tourists are watching to try to flee from the area when the rocks crash a few feet from bathers. Injuries to the wounded are not life-threatening and there are no missing persons, said the firefighters and coastguards.
Lynette Bridges, 58, of Hordon-on-the-Hill in Essex, said her tourist boat had just arrived at the popular Shipwreck Beach when a huge layer of stone crashed into the sea, overturned boats and flooded the crowded beach.
"We started listening to this almighty crispy sound and the first batch went down quickly followed by the second batch.
"The noise, the sound and the amount of rocks that descended were incredible.
& # 39; It was like Dunkirk, all these people coming to the water's edge, all these boats of people coming to look for them and all this panic & # 39;
The video images of the moment showed that the rock broke and fell to the shore, raising a cloud of dust and waving the waves inland over the varied tourists.
Sharon Robinson Palmer, also 58 and of Essex, said there were people snorkeling and sunbathing near the limestone cliffs when the landslide occurred.
Josh O & Connell, from Kilkenny in Ireland, estimated that there were more than a dozen tourist boats in the bay and between four and five hundred people in the area.
The 21-year-old man, who works for a tourism company on the island, said: "The rock that fell, oh my God, would be like a four-story building that falls on the beach."
The famous beach of Navagio beach is one of the most popular travel destinations in Greece
The video images uploaded to the website of the Greek newspaper Proto Thema show bathers running in panic as a large part of a cliff detached from the rock wall and collapsing
The weight of the rock sent a small tsunami to the crowded sands, he said, as families rushed to safety.
He continued: "I thought it would come more and, with the size of the waves coming towards me, I started running.
"The water hit my feet with such force that it hit me in the back and covered more than half of the beach."
He described the aftermath as 'chaos', with families and children running to safety on the boats.
A Czech woman suffered back injuries and was taken to the hospital, and six other people, including two children, were treated for minor injuries, an official at the Zakynthos hospital told Reuters.
Lynette Bridges, 58, of Hordon-on-the-Hill in Essex, said her tourist boat had just arrived at the popular wreck beach when a huge sheet of stone crashed into the sea.
She said: "It was like Dunkirk, all these people coming to the water's edge, all these ships of people coming to look for them and all this panic." In the image: Tourists on the Greek island of Zante fighting for safety
In the image: a boat overturned after two huge sheets of rock fell from the cliff and crashed into the sea, flooding the crowded beach of the Greek island of Zante.
Beachgoers Paris Jade Thorpe, 26, and Wendy Thorpe, 53, of Odiham, Hampshire, said: "We went to take some pictures for my daughters portfolio and took a phone selfie before leaving the main chamber.
"We queued for the last time to get off the boat before going down and heard an omnipotent roar that we saw people running towards the back of the boat screaming.
"I looked up and saw another burst of rock come out and a giant wave hit the small boats and the debris hit the people on the beach.
"They were trying to fight and then a giant wave hit and overturned the boats, then I took pictures of the phone.
"My daughter went up to the back of the boat to look for me and we thought that more stones would fall, everyone was screaming and asking the ship's crew to leave, but they were taking other people from the beach to our boat" .
One of the main attractions of the Ionian island, Navagio, which can only be reached by boat, has a shipwreck on the shore and is surrounded by cliffs.
The video footage uploaded to the website of the Greek newspaper Proto Thema showed the bathers running in panic when a large part of a cliff fell off the rock and collapsed at a point near the sandy shore.
A pair of small boats overturned by the force of the fall that caused large waves, witnesses told authorities.
Navagio beach, takes its name from the remains of a cargo ship that sank there almost 40 years ago. The site is also favored by bungee jumpers and other extreme sports enthusiasts
Josh O & # 39; Connell, 21, of Kilkenny in Ireland, said: "The rock that fell, oh my God, would be like a four-story building that falls on the beach." (Stock photo)
The authorities have closed the access to the beach, which is at the foot of a 200-meter cliff
A Czech woman suffered back injuries and was taken to the hospital, a coastal official said.
Six other people, including two children, had been treated for minor injuries, a hospital official in Zakynthos told Reuters.
"There was a rumble and a rock fell, followed by a larger rock and then another, and they raided in a whirlpool that overturned (three) boats," a witness told the ANA news agency.
Navagio is one of the most popular beaches in Greece, taking its name from the remains of a cargo ship that sank there almost 40 years ago.
The site is also favored by bungee jumpers and other extreme sports enthusiasts.
Rescue services with sniffer dogs have been looking for possible victims on the beach.
The Coast Guard then said that all those who had visited the beach in tourist boats had been counted.
The authorities closed the access to the beach, which is located at the foot of a cliff of 200 meters (650 feet) and is only accessible by boat, as a precaution.