Beachgoers were left screaming in terror after a massive piece of cliff crashed into the sea just metres away from holiday caravans in the Canary Islands.
The horrifying incident took place on the Argaga beach in the popular resort of Valle Gran Rey, La Gomera, on Saturday, November 14, and a major incident has now been declared with officials concerned that campers could be trapped underneath the rubble.
The cliff edge dropped onto the beach and into the water’s edge, creating a massive cloud of dust visible for miles around.
Families enjoying drinks in a bar on the sea-shore watched on in horror as the chunk of cliff gave way sending huge amounts of rock and dirt directly towards caravans which had been parked directly below.
Emergency services rushed to the scene and dogs were used to sniff out anyone who might have been trapped.
The beach has since been closed down as there are huge cracks in the cliffs and experts fear more of it could fall.
Reports suggest several vehicles were buried after the incident, but as yet, there are no reports that anyone is missing.
The president of La Gomera’s island government, Casimiro Curbelo, said they were “optimistic” there would be no victims because moments before the collapse, there were small landslides in the area that caused people who were there to move away.
Firefighters, the Red Cross, Civil Protection volunteers, the police, Civil Guard and mountain rescue were all brought in.
Other emergency workers from neighbouring islands, including Tenerife, have been sent over to La Gomera, together with earth-moving material.