One step away from tragedy. A fragment of the famous cliff collapsed next to tourists

A video has surfaced online showing a group of people walking next to a cliff on West Bay Beach miraculously avoiding a serious accident or death.

The incident happened on Tuesday, August 8. “Landslides and landslides can happen at any time. These guys were lucky. The South West Coast Path over the cliff at West Bay is currently closed, Dorset District Council has announced. Footage posted by officials shows a large section of a cliff near Bridport collapsed right next to tourists. A group of people managed to escape at the last moment.

One user suggested that the beach should be closed immediately. A staff member from Dorset Council replied to this comment.

“Hi Chris. It’s not that easy. Land ownership is complex, there is also a right of access to the coast. There is also the question of logistics – how would we close it? Let us remember that this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” she explained. Only part of the beach in Dorset has been cordoned off as a result of the incident. Also in May of that year, there was another major sandstone cliff slide.

The Jurassic Coast is a fragment of the northern coast of the English Channel and at the same time the southern coastline of England. The site is listed as a UNESCO site under the name of Dorset and the East Devon Coast.

Safety during cliff walks on the Jurassic Coast

In connection with the incident, the Council posted several safety rules.

  1. Stay away from the cliff edge – enjoy the views from a safe distance.

  2. Stay away from the base of the cliffs: rockfalls and landslides can occur at any time. If you find yourself under a falling rock, chances are you will die.

  3. Pay attention to warning signs – they are for your safety.

  4. Check the tide times before heading out to avoid being cut off by incoming tides.

  5. Keep dogs on a leash near the cliff edge.

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