The hit TV crime series of ‘Broadchurch’ in Dorset with its iconic cliffs well it turns out they are also a potential killer in their own right!
Coastguards, police and the local council officials are warning any visitors to stay away from cliffs after one huge wedge shaped section collapsed on to the beach.
Tourists visiting the pretty beach and stunning cliffs at West Bay, UK are putting themselves in great danger by still sitting, sunbathing or walking below some of the most unstable cliffs along the South coast of Britain.
Just days earlier there was a smaller fall just yards away but this latest one has loosened some 1,500 to 2,000 tonnes of rocks with it crashing down to completely cover 50 yards of the beach to the tide line. The video clearly shows that if you need proof of the danger then it answers it without a doubt!
Fears within the holiday businesses around West Bay are that if the beach was closed it could totally bring the holiday resort to its knees as the village is so reliant on tourism.
Its a difficult call for the county decision makers. However if that fall had happened during the day and not like it did very late at night then without doubt there would have been fatalities and who then would be calling for the beach to be closed?
Even some of Broadchurch film crew appeared to have taken a risk when they were pictured very close to the edge of the iconic cliffs as they set up their cameras for a series of shots for the second Broadchurch series.
In the last few years two people have been killed in cliff falls in this area of Dorset. On many occasions its possible to see tourists sitting and sunbathing just feet away from the base of the land mark 150 foot high cliffs.
Over the recent months there have been many cliff falls some extremely large some small, but whichever they can both be fatal!
The local coastguard station manager Jamie Staple said, “Given the instability of the cliffs and the cliff edges it is extremely foolish and dangerous to go anywhere near the edges and certainly don’t walk underneath the cliffs.
“You don’t need 100 tons of rock to fall off the cliff, you only need a brick-sized piece to fall from 100ft to kill you. It happens very quickly – you would never outrun it, even if you were Linford Christie.”
The following warnings have been issued:
1. Always stay away from the cliffs – landslides and rock falls are more likely to happen after heavy rainfall or storms but can, and do, happen anytime.
2. Mud flows may extend across the beaches – be alert, they can look deceptively like the beach itself!