Rocks crash onto Spanish beach, two dead

2nd November 2009, Comments 0 comments

Two people including a British woman were killed on Sunday when rocks from a cliff crashed onto a beach in Spain's Canary Islands, a police spokesman said.

Santiago Del Tiede - Two people including a British woman were killed on Sunday when rocks from a cliff crashed onto a beach in Spain's Canary Islands, a police spokesman said.

The accident occurred at Los Gigantes beach in the southwest of the island of Tenerife when the rocks came loose and fell some 40 metres (120 feet) onto bathers, the spokesman for the Civil Guard police force on the island told AFP.

He said emergency services have recovered the bodies of two women -- a 57-year-old Briton identified as Marion O'Hara, who appeared to be tourist, and a 34-year-old Spanish resident of Tenerife.

Dozens of rescuers spent hours searching through the rubble, which covered an area of around 75 by 100 square metres, but there appeared to be no other casualties from the accident, which occurred at around 4:00pm (1600 GMT), the spokesman said.

Spanish news reports said the stretch of the beach had been cordoned off and warning signs posted after rocks fell from the same cliff about one month ago.

The Canary Islands archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean is a popular tourist destination.

AFP/Expatica

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