it was a nightmare".
Another member of the group, with less serious injuries, was taken to hospital in the nearby city of La Spezia. A doctor with the helicopter brigade said a boulder measuring up to two meters in diameter narrowly missed the group, who were "lucky" they were not crushed. Of the four, only Greig was thrown over a protective barrier by the rockslide while the others were able to move or grab onto the barrier, said Giovanni Palermo.
Rescuers said it was a race against time,to get Greig out of the relatively inaccessible hiking area and safely away to San Martino Hospital in Genoa for treatment. The accident occurred on the famous Via dell'Amore (road of love) track between Riomaggiore and Manarola. Local authorities said that, given this landslide occurred during dry period, they are worried about what will happen when the rainy season starts.
"We are very concerned, because this incident happened in the absence of rain.
We wonder what will happen now that the rains will resume in autumn," said Regional Park Director Patrizio Scarpellini.