Bridport: Coastguards highlight dangerous cliff and urge people to stay away

  Posted: 21.07.21 at 12:08 by Lottie Welch

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Beachgoers are being urged to stay away from the cliffs as even more falls are expected along the West Dorset coast.

On Tuesday at around 6.15pm, West Bay Coastguard Rescue Team investigated reports from police about a potentially dangerous piece of cliff just to the west of the Anchor Inn, Seatown.

The team took photos and grid references which were sent to Solent Coastguard to notify the relevant local authority.

A spokesman for West Bay Coastguard said: “The crack in the cliff is plain to see and whilst this crack has been developing for some time, the recent bouts of rain followed by very hot weather will no doubt contribute to a cliff fall in the near future.

“Signage is in place at Seatown warning of potential cliff falls and we ask members of the public to be vigilant and stay well away from the base of the cliffs.

“The Jurassic Coast is a beautiful place to come and visit, but it is also an ever changing and dynamic environment.

Picture: West Bay Coastguard

“Coastal erosion that can cause rock falls, landslides and mudslides is a natural part of this environment, and these can happen at any time and without warning.

“However, there are some really simple things you can do to keep you and your family safe:

• Read all of the local signage and safety information
• When walking on the cliff path, keep well away from the edge of the cliff, keep your dog on a lead and your children close by
• When walking on the beach under the cliffs, the Coastguard recommend that the height of the cliff is the distance you should stay away from it. For example, if the cliff is 50ft high, then you should stay a minimum of 50ft away from the base of the cliff. This goes for walkers as well as families looking to spend the day on the beach

“Have a fantastic time on the coast this summer, but if you find yourself in difficulty, or if you see something that gives you cause for concern then do not hesitate, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

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Picture: West Bay Coastguard

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