Famous shipwreck on Zakynthos beach faces disappearance

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Local authorities on the Ionian island of Zakynthos are seeking control over the preservation of the iconic shipwreck located on Navagio Beach, which has sustained significant damage and faces the imminent risk of complete disappearance.

According to ekathimerini.com, local reports say the wreck has been badly battered by waves and bad weather, especially during winter, while sand has largely covered the hull.

In an interview with state broadcaster ERT, Zakynthos Mayor Giorgos Stasinopoulos emphasized the necessity for the municipality to assume responsibility for managing this renowned site. He noted that protecting the wreck is hampered by the need for coordination between several agencies. “The ship is disappearing; it’s the last chance to save what’s left,” he stressed.

Photo by Dimitris Mourousiadis

The MV Panagiotis ran aground in October 1980 on the world-famous beach, sometimes referred to as “Smugglers Cove.” ‘Navagio’ means shipwreck in Greek. The beach was originally known as Agios Georgios.

Source: ekathimerini.com

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