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Essex tourists caught up in Greek cliff collapse scare

The aftermath of the landslide at Shipwreck Beach, Zante Photo: Sharon Robinson Palmer/ PA

Essex holidaymakers have described scenes 'like Dunkirk' after rocks fell from a cliff onto a popular beach in Greece.

The collapse happened earlier today on the Greek island of Zante. And two holidaymakers from Essex witnessed the terrifying scenes.

Lynette Bridges, of Hordon-on-the-Hill near Basildon, was on a tour boat that had just stopped near Shipwreck Beach when a large sheet of stone fell from the cliffs, capsizing boats and flooding the crowded beach.

"We started to hear this almighty cracking sound and the first lot came down quickly followed by the second lot. The noise and the sound and the amount of rock that came down was unbelievable.

"It was like Dunkirk, all these people coming to the edge of the water, all these boats of people coming to get them and all this panic"

– Lynette Bridges
The wreckage of the Greek landslide Credit: Sharon Robinson Palmer/ PA

Sharon Robinson Palmer, also from Essex, said there were people snorkelling and sunbathing near the limestone cliffs when the landslide struck. Rescue services with sniffer dogs searched the beach for possible victims. The coastguard later said everyone who had visited the beach on tourist boats had been accounted for.