Two women had to be rescued from Ness beach in Shaldon, Devon after a rockfall blocked access to the tunnels leading to the car park. One of the women was pregnant.
Up to 30 firefighters were at the scene including a specialist search and rescue dog team.
The beach could remain closed for the bank holiday weekend.
Robbie Woods from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue says rockfalls are becoming more common after months of heavy rain:
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