Man dies after cliff collapse

A man's died after a cliff collapse on the Suffolk coast Credit: ITV Anglia

A man has died after a cliff collapsed at Thorpeness in Suffolk.

Suffolk Police were called by the Ambulance service at 1.25pm today (Saturday 14 January), following reports of a man trapped after part of a cliff collapsed onto the beach at Thorpeness.

A rescue operation involving Police, Fire, Ambulance and the Coastguard was carried out to find and free the man, believed to be in his late 50s.

Emergency workers found him but he had died.

Coastguard Rescue Teams from Aldeburgh, Shingle Street, Lowestoft, Southwold and Felixstowe, along with the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lydd, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, Suffolk Police, members of the Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat station, East England Ambulance Service and a Police helicopter were all sent to help.

Police are treating the death as non-suspicious and will prepare a file for the coroner.

“This was a large scale search and rescue effort in which multiple agencies worked together to free the trapped person. We ask people to please stay away from this particular area while the emergency services are at work. We would remind people to be mindful when out walking on the coast. Standing on cliff edges and at the base of a cliff are dangerous places to be as it is impossible to predict when the next piece might fall or how big it will be.”

– Bev Allen, UK Coastguard