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Spanish beach landslide kills two


Rescue workers at the scene of the landslide

At least two people, including a woman from Jersey, have been killed by a landslide at a beach on the Spanish holiday island of Tenerife.

The Foreign Office has named the Jersey woman as Marion O'Hara, 57.

Local officials said at least four others may be trapped under rocks which came loose from cliffs above the beach at the western resort of Los Gigantes.

Rescue workers and police are clearing rocks and boulders, which are reported to be piled up to five metres deep.

Rescue workers
Rescue workers have been searching through the beach rubble

The collapse of a 130ft (40m) stretch of cliff happened shortly after 1600 local time (1600 GMT) at a small beach at Playa de los Gigantes.

The area is popular with British tourists, and it was reported that Ms O'Hara was on holiday with her family.

Jersey Police confirmed she lived in St Martin.

The local Civil Guard said the second victim was also female.

Tenerife is part of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

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