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Search for person feared trapped in Dorset landslide

A report of a person trapped in a landslip near a Dorset holiday park has this afternoon sparked a major operation by emergency services. The alarm was raised just after 12.30pm (Tuesday July 24th) today by a member of the public close to the Freshwater Beach Holiday Park at Burton Bradstock, near Bridport.

Rescue workers at the scene of the Burton Bradstock Landslide in Dorset Credit: ITV West Country

Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, South Western Ambulance Service, the lifeboat from Lyme Regis, three Coastguard rescue teams, the Coastguard rescue helicopter and a Police helicopter are all currently at Lyme Bay dealing with the incident.

Emergency services are at the scene of a landslip in Dorset Credit: ITV West Country

Portland Coastguard received a report of a landslide between Freshwater and Burton Bradstock at just before 12.30pm. The landslide was reported to be 400 meters from Freshwater caravan park and the caller reported that a _person was trapped under the fallen rocks.

West Bay, Lyme and Wyke Coastguard Rescue Teams and their managers _are currently on scene with the Coastguard rescue helicopter based in _Portland. They are working with Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue _Service, South Western Ambulance Service and the lifeboat from Lyme Regis _to search for those who may be trapped and to keep the public away from the _area surrounding the landslide.

– Maritimie and Coastguard Agency

The specialist Urban Search and Rescue Team from Exeter is on its way.

Officers with help from the Police helicopter are currently working alongside Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and other agencies to search the area. Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) from Devon and Somerset has also been deployed to this incident. This is a national resource.


Today's landslide comes two weeks after Somerset friends Rosemary Snell, 67, and Michael Rolfe, 72, died in a landslide at the Beaminster Tunnel, less than ten miles away. Their bodies were recovered from their crushed car.

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