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:
More top news
Three Exeter Chiefs players will start England's final game of the rugby world cup.
Health campaigners say a decision to axe beds at two community hospitals in North Devon will cost lives.
Your latest weather update with Bob Crampton.