A tourist from Cuba lost her life when she fell from the cliffs of the spectacular shipwreck of Zakynthos. The 22-year-old woman was there with her boy friend and tried to capture the stunning view with a selfie.
According to her American partner, the woman stood as close as possible to the edge of the cliff in order to be able to get the best shot of herself and the famous shipwreck. She lost her balance though and fell deep down.
The partner reportedly heard her shouting something like “ouch’ before falling.
Police and the cost guard that sailed to the spot could only recover the dead body of the woman. The incident occurred at 4 o’ clock Monday afternoon.
The corpse was taken to the morgue for further investigation.
According to local media, it is considered as certain that it was an accident.
Update June 7 2017
Local newspaper imerazante.gr, writes autopsy was concluded on Tuesday and that “arrangements were made with the Embassy of Cuba for the trasnfer of the body.”
“Police has taken testimonies by the young woman’s partner an and eyewitness,” the local newspaper notes.
According to Times, the woman had dual Cuban and American citizenship.
Meanwhile, the local community seem to demand for better safety measures in the area, however, the problem seems to lay with the property rights of the area, and it would need the cooperation of several local authorities.
The mayor has reportedly called for a meeting with representatives of several public and private bodies for June 13. Aim is to agree on safety measures on the cliff area as well as in the sea.
Tourists who have visited the cliffs and locals have posted on social media that there is a viewing platform or balcony. Locals but also Greek media report that many people go off the safety area in order to take a picture from the famous shipwreck.
Some locals even urged for security guards to watch out that people do not leave the safety area.
Two months ago, a 23-year-old Greek student was killed when he also tried to shoot a selfie. The man was seeing by other tourists as he fell down the cliff.
In June 2016, a Chinese tourist was drowned while he was swimming in the Navagio Beach. He had arrived with one of the many tourist boats bringing daily dozens of tourists who want to admire the shipwreck and enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters. After the accident, the municipality decided to hire life guards over the tourist season.
Private ANT1 TV reported that locals urge authorities to consider safety measures in the area.
The Shipwreck Beach also known a the Navagio Beach, is an exposed cove on the North-West coast of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Sea.
On 2 October 1980, a freightliner, the MV Panagiotis, ran aground in the waters around after stormy weather and bad visibility. Many people falsely claim the ship was smuggling contraband cigarettes, wine and women.
The ship was abandoned and still rests buried in the limestone gravel of the beach that now holds the famous nickname Navagio Beach.
The area is defined by its sheer limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and clear blue water, which attract thousands of tourists yearly. The strip of beach is accessed only by boat.
Many tourists take a drive to take a look at the beach and the shipwreck from a viewing platform up on the cliffs.