Terrifying moment cliff collapses on Canary Islands beach as major emergency declared – World News

A massive chuck of cliff collapsed on to a beach in the Canary Islands just feet from campers and caravans.

The terrifying moment was caught on video and onlookers can be heard screaming as they watched on in horror.

Due to the possibility of campers being trapped under the rubble, a major emergency has been declared on the island of La Gomera.

It’s said the massive cloud of smoke created by the collapse was visible for miles around.

The emergency services rushed to the scene and dogs are looking for anyone that could be trapped.



The cliff collapsed earlier today and it was watched by horrified holidaymakers
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A helicopter has rescued five stranded people who were staying at the caravan site.

The dramatic incident happened late Saturday afternoon on the Argaga beach in the popular resort of Valle Gran Rey.

The beach has been closed down as there are huge cracks in the cliffs and experts fear more of it could fall.



A helicopter has already rescued seven people who were stranded at a caravan park
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Reports suggest there had been some walkers in the area, although no one has been reported missing as yet.

The emergency operation will continue overnight and local residents are being asked to account for all members of their families.

President of La Gomera’s island government, Casimiro Curbelo said they were “optimistic” there would be no victims as moments before the collapse, there were small landslides in the area that caused people who were there to move away.

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Firefighters, the Red Cross, Civil Protection volunteers, the police, Civil Guard and mountain rescue were all brought in.