Tributes have been paid to the woman killed in a landslide on a beach in Dorset yesterday. Twenty two year old Charlotte Blackman from Derbyshire died when she was crushed by rocks at Burton Bradstock. Two other people managed to escape.
Charlotte's uncle described her as a fun loving woman who had her whole life in front of her. Richard Lawrence reports.
Dorset Police described today how throughout the nine hour operation to find a woman trapped by a landslip they had hoped they would find her alive. They told ITV West Country today that it had very much been a 'search and rescue' operation rather than a 'search and recovery' one.
After a painstaking operation the body of 22-year-old Charlotte Blackman was pulled from the rubble.
In this extended interview with Inspector Mike Darby from Dorset Police he describes what is being done following yesterday's tragic events.
A man who witnessed the landslide in Dorset that claimed the life of 22-year-old Charlotte Blackman has described how he tried to rescue her. David Warren told ITV Westcountry about the traumatic moments leading up to the tragedy and his attempts to get her out.
People are being warned to be careful walking near cliffs in East Devon. It follows the death of a woman in West Dorset yesterday and several recent cliff falls along the East Devon coastline.
People need to pay attention to the signs which are in place, not access beaches where barriers have been placed and avoid getting close to the cliffs. The large amounts of rain we have had over the last three months have destabilised a number of the cliff faces and it can be very difficult to predict when or where the next fall will occur.
Work is ongoing in Devon to make safe landslip sites at Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Seaton and Axmouth Harbour.
The Coroner has opened and adjourned the inquest into the death of Charlotte Anne Blackman, the 22-year-old from Derbyshire who was killed when part of a 160ft-high cliff collapsed in Dorset.
Emotional tributes have been paid to 22-year-old Charlotte Blackman described as a ‘lively, fun-loving woman’.Read the full story ›
Dorset Fire And Rescue Service has described yesterday's operation to locate the woman buried in the rubble on the beach at Burton Bradstock as an extremely difficult operation.
Speaking at a press conference, a spokesman said that they had always hoped to find her alive, and are deeply saddened by the loss.
Dorset Police has also expressed their sadness after yesterday's tragic events.
Family liaison officers are with the relatives of the woman who was confirmed by her uncle as 22 year old Charlotte Blackman. She was on holiday from Derbyshire with her boyfriend, younger brother and father.
David Warren from Swindon in Wiltshire witnessed yesterday's landslide at Burton Bradstock.
After the first, smaller landslide, he tried to warn people to move away from the cliff.
Dr Simon Boxall from the University of Southampton's National Oceanography Centre blames the recent bad weather for yesterday's landslide. He says they are quite common in this area, but unusual in the summer.
The uncle of Charlotte Blackman - the young woman who was killed when she was buried by 400 tonnes of rock in a massive landslide on a beach in Dorset - has paid tribute to her.
Douglas Blackman, said: "I don't have many words at the moment, to be honest. I found out last night at about 11pm. She was on holiday with her whole family, her mum Rachel, dad Kevin, sister Sinead, little brother Mitchell, and boyfriend Matt.
"My brother and her boyfriend and her little brother were there when it happened. I understand the boyfriend got her little brother away into the sea to get him from it. She was a lively, fun-loving woman, who had her whole life in front of her."