Landslide Victim Inquest

A young woman killed when she was trapped underneath a substantial rockfall at a coastal beauty spot was "10ft from safety", an inquest heard today.

Landslide inquest, full report

An inquest has heard that a young woman from Derbyshire who was buried under a landslide, was killed almost instantly.

Charlotte Blackman died when a four hundred tonne section of cliff in Dorest collapsed on top of her.

The coroner at her inquest today said her death was a 'sudden act of nature' that could not have been predicted. Phil Brewster reports.

Landslide victim's death "could not have been predicted"

Coroner Sheriff Payne told the hearing that Miss Blackman's death could not have been predicted.

He said the National Trust, which owns a stretch of the beach where the tragedy happened, appeared to be doing all it could to warn visitors of the dangers presented by the 100ft cliffs.

"Sadly, Charlotte Blackman died as a result of an accident. It was a sudden act of nature that nobody could have predicted at that time."

– Coroner Sheriff Payne

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Landslide victim just '10 feet from safety'

Charlotte Blackman, 22, from Heanor in Derbyshire

A young woman from Heanor in Derbyshire, who was killed when she was trapped underneath a rockfall at a beach in Dorset, was "10ft from safety", an inquest heard today.

Charlotte Blackman, 22, was strolling along Freshwater Beach with her family when around 400 tonnes of rock from the Jurassic Coastline cliffs crashed down on top of her, killing her almost instantly.

The inquest at Dorchester County Hall today heard that she died accidentally, as the result of an "act of nature".

Inquest into death of landslide victim resumes today

Charlotte Blackman, who was 22, died in the landslide in Dorset in July
Charlotte Blackman, who was 22, died in the landslide in Dorset in July Credit: ITV Central

The inquest into the death of a 22-year-old from Derbyshire who was killed in a landslide in Dorset will resume today.

Charlotte Blackman, who was from Heanor in Derbyshire, was walking along the beach near Burton Bradstock in July, when 400 tonnes of rock from a cliff fell onto her.

The scene of the landslide near Burton Bradstock
The scene of the landslide near Burton Bradstock Credit: ITV West

She was on holiday with her family at the time. Today's hearing is at Dorchester County Hall and is expected to last for one day.