There are fresh warnings about the dangers of landslides along the Jurassic Coast after another large fall near Charmouth last night. It happened at St Gabriel's Mouth. Coastguard teams and police have been searching the area and checking the cliffs. Five people who were on the beach at the time were not hurt.
It comes just two weeks after Charlotte Blackman, 22, died when she was crushed by 400 tonnes of rock that fell on her at Hive Beach in Burton Bradstock during a cliff fall. Her funeral is tomorrow in Bramcote.
Last night tonnes of rock fell from the Jurassic Coast cliff between Charmouth and Golden Cap but thankfully landed on a plateau rather than crashing down on to the beach. The crew of a passing boat sounded the alarm as five people were walking below at the time. Today the Hallums family from Warminster were keeping a close eye on the cliff face behind them.
Local Jurassic coast wardens have been patrolling the beach today alerting holiday makers to the danger.
Having seen the news the Elliott family from Radstock near Bath chose to sit on the part of Charmouth beach that doesn't back on to the Jurassic coast cliffs. Hundreds of fellow tourists had also taken the same view.
Last night [Wednesday] The Lyme Regis and West Bay Coastguard rescue teams, the Coastguard rescue helicopter from Portland, RNLI Lifeboat and Dorset Police all attended the scene. When the emergency services arrived the five people seen by the ship were quickly accounted for and they were asked to leave the area due to the continued risk. It was established that there were no other people missing.
Staff at the local heritage centre say that news of the recent tragedy doesn't appear to have put tourists off coming but the visitors are keen for information.
This exceptionally wet summer is being blamed for the increase in landslips on the coast between East Devon and Dorset.