A young woman who died after being buried by tonnes of rock following a landslide on a beach in Burton Bradstock, Dorset was named by her uncle today as Charlotte Blackman from Derbyshire.
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The body of a woman has been found at the scene of a huge landslip in Dorset. It follows a major rescue operation at Freshwater Beach in Burton Bradstock after tonnes of rock came crashing down from the cliffs.
The body is believed to be that of a 22 year old woman who was reported missing following the landslide. Visitors to West Dorset are being advised to avoid beaches with a cliff backdrop because of the risk of more landslides. More on this story.
The Dorset Local Resilience Forum, which is made up of the police, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, all the local councils and the coastguards, has issued a warning following the landslide at Burton Bradstock which claimed the life of a young woman.
It is advising residents and visitors to West Dorset to avoid cliffs and beaches with a cliff backdrop. Emergency services believe the heavy rain over the last few weeks combined with the recent heatwave caused the tragedy. It's estimated that 400 tonnes of rock fell in the collapse.
Police have released a statement after a body was recovered from a beach where a landslip occurred earlier today. A search operation has been stood down.
At approximately 9.40pm this evening, Tuesday July 24th, search crews located a body on Burton Bradstock Beach. The body is believed to be that of a 22-year-old woman reported missing earlier in the day following a landslide at the location. Next of kin are aware and family liaison officers are supporting the family.
The coroner has been informed.
At this time there are no further reports of missing people at the location and the search operation has been stood down.
It is believed the incident was a tragic accident and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
Police have confirmed that a body has been discovered in the search for a woman believed to have been trapped in a landslide on the Dorset coast.
In the last few minutes the emergency services have confirmed there has been a 'significant development' in the search for a woman believed to be trapped in a landslip in Dorset. A major search operation has been underway since 12.30pm after a landslip on the coast near Burton Bradstock.
The Dorset coastline is notorious for landslips. Today's landslip occurred two weeks after a month's worth of rain fell in West Dorset in just 24 hours. At the time, police in nearby Lyme Regis warned people to stay away from the foot of cliffs because they feared a landslide would occur.
Our reporter Jeff Welch has been finding out what causes tonnes of rock to come crashing down without a moments notice.
Holidaymakers are among those this evening hoping that rescue workers will find a young woman believed to be trapped under rocks following a landslip in Dorset. Our reporter Bob Cruwys has been speaking to holidaymakers about the incident.
Our reporter Duncan Sleightholme has been on a boat on Lyme Bay to see for himself the scale of what happened this afternoon.
Coastal paths and beaches between Lyme Regis and West Bexington have been closed this evening over safety fears. It following a landslip along the Dorset coast. A young woman is believed to be trapped in the rubble following the cliff fall earlier this afternoon.
Following an incident this afternoon at Burton Bradstock, all coastal paths and beaches between Lyme Regis and West Bexington are closed for periodic review by geologists to ensure safety.