Tribute to sea cave victim

A woman has died at a Dorset beauty spot after becoming trapped in a cave, despite a rescue effort. The victim was killed near the Tilly Whim caves at Durlston Head near Swanage. She became trapped in a cave at sea level.

Family pay tribute to sea cave victim

The family of a teacher from Buckinghamshire who died when she was swept into a Dorset sea cave have paid tribute to her.

They described the 30-year-old as a 'wonderful girl' with an 'engaging personality'.

Charlotte Furness-Smith was coasteering, a sport which involves moving along the coastline on foot or by swimming.

Despite the RNLI's attempt to rescue her at the Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage, they could not reach her in time amidst the rough conditions.

Rescue team unable to find dead swimmer's body

Rescue teams have been unable to find the body of a missing swimmer who died while trapped in a sea cave in Dorset.

Dorset Police together with Swanage Coastguard Rescue Team and Swanage RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat conducted a thorough search of the location at Tilly Whim Caves.

The missing woman has not been located and enquiries are ongoing. Officers say they are in close contact with the family.

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Investigation after woman dies in cave

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RNLI lifeboat at the scene Credit: Donald Collier

Swimmer's death: Rescue teams were called to Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage yesterday afternoon. But it soon became clear that any rescue had to be made from the cliffs. The woman has not yet been named.

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The attempted rescue by the RNLI Credit: Donald Collier

The woman died with the light failing and high tide approaching.

RNLI footage of attempted sea cave rescue

Swanage RNLI has released footage of the attempted rescue of a woman trapped in a sea cave. Rescue teams were called to Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage yesterday afternoon, including the RNLI and a Coastguard helicopter. But it soon became clear that any rescue had to be made from the cliffs.

With the light failing and high tide approaching, the St Albans' Cliff Technician entered the cave through the blow hole. But after entering, it became apparent that the woman had sadly succumbed. There is no sound on this video.

Trapped woman dies in sea cave

A woman has died despite a major rescue operation to free her from a coastal cave in Dorset. Coasguards, Swanage and St Albans RNLI were called to Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage at 3.20pm yesterday to reports of a woman trapped in a sea cave.

Rescue teams could either enter the cave underwater or through a blowhole at the roof of the cave. With the light failing and high tide approaching, the St Albans' Cliff Technician entered the cave through the blow hole. But after entering, it became apparent that the woman had sadly succumbed.

A Coastguard spokesperson said: 'The difficult decision was taken that the recovery of the body at that point was too dangerous to undertake. Naturally at this time the team's thoughts are with the deceased person's family and friends.'

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