Posing for selfies the family who ignored warnings at edge of crumbling

first_imgThe woman scrambles away from the cliff edgeCredit:Graham Hunt/BNPS A warning about unstable cliffs at West Bay in Dorset On the edge of the 80ft drop, the woman raises her mobile phone to take a pictureCredit:Graham Hunt/BNPS Cute evening down the beach chilling, next thing you know part of the Clift had fallen down 😳 #WestBay pic.twitter.com/rxVrJBH5U4— Gem Gilbert ☮ (@Y0urSunshine) August 16, 2016 Chief Inspector Steve White, of Dorset Police, said: “We would like to remind people that the cliffs remain unstable and it is possible further rock falls could occur.”We urge the public to obey warning signs, not to stand near the edge of cliffs or stand directly underneath them. Landslides and rock falls can happen at any time and without warning.” Sam Scriven from the Jurassic Coast Team said: “We would encourage people to behave sensibly on the coast. They should avoid the cliff edge and the base.”Last summer, the Coastguard issued a fresh warning to tourists and residents urging them to stay away from the unstable cliffs at West Bay.A massive rock fall narrowly missed scores of people sat on the busy beach made famous by the ITV crime drama Broadchurch in August, sending huge boulders crashing down. Pictures show the woman sitting on a raised rock right close to the 80ft drop below before using her mobile to take a selfie.The man stands just behind with a young child on his shoulders and a toddler nearby. He holds a selfie stick, which he appears to use to take another picture.  The man stands just behind with a young child on his shoulders as he extends a selfie stickCredit:Graham Hunt/BNPS “We want everyone to enjoy our beautiful coastline but we want you to do it safely, please keep your distance from cliff edges both at the top and at the bottom, as cliffs really can crumble without warning.” “As a West Bay coastguard officer I find it unbelievable that even with all the warnings a family will risk their lives, the lives of their children that they are forcing in to the unsafe area and the lives of people below and also all the rescue services just to take a picture.”The worst thing about these photos is that they are sitting on a ledge with very little below them. If there was an accident the first thing that would be said is ‘why are there no warnings?'”Do we really need to warn people after years of warnings not to go to the edge of the crumbling cliffs?” The fall happened on the same stretch of beach where Charlotte Blackman, 22, from Derbyshire, was crushed to death by a similar sized rock fall in 2012.Speaking last summer, Peter Davies, of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: “The cliff fall is an example of just how unstable cliff edges can be, the incident could have had a very different outcome, and fortunately no one was seriously hurt or worse. A warning about unstable cliffs at West Bay in DorsetCredit:Graham Hunt/SWNS A family have been pictured posing for selfies at the edge of unstable cliffs where the TV show Broadchurch is filmed, despite warnings landslides can occur without warning.The man, woman and two small children were photographed on sandstone cliffs at West Bay, in Dorset, on Sunday.Numerous signs warn visitors not to stand or sit too close to the edge because the fragile state of the cliffs leads to regular rock falls.But the group appears to be blissfully unaware of the danger they face from the crumbling cliffs. Broadchurch cliffs family Broadchurch cliffs family Broadchurch cliffs family Part of the cliff at West Bay collapsed without warning in August Mark Collins, of the West Bay coastguards, said: “How many more messages can we put out there? It is either people not understanding the message or not understanding the risks for real. Part of the cliff at West Bay collapsed without warning in AugustCredit:Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock Photographer Graham Hunt, who was on the beach when he saw the family and took the pictures, said: “I was taking pictures of the harbour when I saw an adult appear at the top of the cliffs, followed by a man and two young children.”I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when the woman sat down right at the edge of the cliff to take a selfie.”The rock face there crumbles all the time, it could easily have happened at that moment.”The man had a young child sat on his shoulders. He was at least stood a bit further back,but he was still very close when he took his selfie.”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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