Beachgoers risk lives underneath unstable cliff faces

Beachgoers risk lives underneath unstable cliff faces

WARNINGS IGNORED: Beachgoers just yards from a warning sign

WARNING: Cindy Rodaway

THROWN FROM BOAT: Carlo Wiggins

First published in News by

SAFETY warnings have been issued after a weekend of risk-taking on Dorset’s beaches. Beachgoers still continue to risk their lives near unstable cliffs – sunbathing just metres away from a warning sign.

These photos, taken on Saturday at Burton Bradstock, show how numerous pleas from coastguards and safety officers are being ignored.

Similar snaps were taken in the same spot last year and once again sunbathers are being urged to think twice.

One onlooker said: “These photos follow on from last year’s – then it was a young family camping in a tent underneath the cliff, this time it is day-trippers.

“That section of cliff actually looks unstable and I don’t think it will be too long until it collapses.”

The Maritime Coastguard Agency has reissued its warning to ‘never assume that a rock face is stable and stay well away from the foot of a cliff when visiting beaches with a cliff backdrop’.

Meanwhile, drama unfolded in Swanage after a man, who forgot his kill cord and lifejacket, was flipped from his motorboat as he went to save someone else.

Pedalo and deckchair hire owner Carlo Wiggins saw someone in trouble in a dinghy and dashed to rescue him in his Dorey motorboat, which hit waves and flipped him out.

Carlo, who is now urging people to ‘always remember’ their safety procedures, swam away from the boat, which kept chugging round in a circle.

He was helped from the water by his father, Barry Wiggins who arrived on a pedalo, and his friend Justin Streams came over on a jetski and turned the boat’s throttle off. The dinghy sailor was also rescued.

Carlo is now urging anyone using a boat to remember that no matter the emergency, they must remember to attach their kill cord and wear a lifejacket.

A kill cord is designed to kill the engine in the event of the driver going overboard and is normally attached to the leg or to a buoyancy aid.

Fortunately, Carlo’s out-of-control vessel did not hit anyone.

He said the craft moved in slow, tight circles, not like a speedboat, and so he was able to swim away and wait until help arrived.

Carlo said he felt ‘terrible’ about the incident, as he has worked on the beach for 30 years and has an ‘immaculate’ safety record – including saving two boys who fell from their rubber dinghy last year.

But he said he rushed to help a dinghy in distress on Saturday afternoon and a series of events lead to the ‘unfortunate’ incident.

He said: “I’ve learnt a valuable lesson.

“Whatever the emergency situation you have always got to make time for your safety procedures or you could actually make the situation worse. I’ll never ever not wear that kill cord again – even if I’m pottering out somewhere.”

Coastguards said the incident highlighted the importance of wearing buoyancy aids and a kill cord.

Portland Coastguard Watch manager Cindy Rodaway said: “We are very relieved that everyone is safe and well and that there are no injuries resulting from this incident. All owners and drivers of open powerboats, personal watercraft and RIBs should ensure that, if their boat is fitted with a kill switch and kill cord, it is correctly used.”

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7:36am Mon 11 Aug 14

whatever66 says...

When they park up get them to sign a disclaimer....... but get the parking attendant to read to them what there signing as they are obviously that thick they can't read.
When they park up get them to sign a disclaimer....... but get the parking attendant to read to them what there signing as they are obviously that thick they can't read. whatever66
  • Score: 7

7:43am Mon 11 Aug 14

ThomasFairfax says...

Incredible !
Even after all the warnings,and the deaths of others, these morons still sit under the cliffs risking their lives and the lives of the people who may have to dig them our from under any landslip.
Incredible ! Even after all the warnings,and the deaths of others, these morons still sit under the cliffs risking their lives and the lives of the people who may have to dig them our from under any landslip. ThomasFairfax
  • Score: 15

8:24am Mon 11 Aug 14

cj07589 says...

Selection of the fittest? Leave me to it I say!
Selection of the fittest? Leave me to it I say! cj07589
  • Score: 8

1:06pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Witch Hazel says...

Well how stupid can one be for goodness sake... do they not think of their friends and families should a rock come tumbling down on them... obviously not... well let them get on with it and if they get buried under the rocks its their fault - they had been warned, so leave em there... sorry but thats basically how I feel if they cant take advice why should others risk their lives.
Well how stupid can one be for goodness sake... do they not think of their friends and families should a rock come tumbling down on them... obviously not... well let them get on with it and if they get buried under the rocks its their fault - they had been warned, so leave em there... sorry but thats basically how I feel if they cant take advice why should others risk their lives. Witch Hazel
  • Score: 1

5:21pm Mon 11 Aug 14

catwoman5 says...

Do you not realise that this is exactly how and why wars start. Someone who is different to me is obviously by default a "moron" and they should therefore be left to die.
Grow up a bit and use your brains. Are you all so perfect yourselves?
I go to the beach every day and being local realise just how dangerous and precarious the cliffs are. However I can understand that if you live in a city or an urban area you would not fully appreciate the risks involved. Instead of writing hateful and infantile comments on here why not gently inform people of the risks on the beach. That is what I and many other local people do each day. Everyone I have explained to has been surprised, polite and it had not occurred to them just how dangerous it could be.
Don't live with hatred, but try to reach out and help.
Do you not realise that this is exactly how and why wars start. Someone who is different to me is obviously by default a "moron" and they should therefore be left to die. Grow up a bit and use your brains. Are you all so perfect yourselves? I go to the beach every day and being local realise just how dangerous and precarious the cliffs are. However I can understand that if you live in a city or an urban area you would not fully appreciate the risks involved. Instead of writing hateful and infantile comments on here why not gently inform people of the risks on the beach. That is what I and many other local people do each day. Everyone I have explained to has been surprised, polite and it had not occurred to them just how dangerous it could be. Don't live with hatred, but try to reach out and help. catwoman5
  • Score: 3

5:56pm Mon 11 Aug 14

catwoman5 says...

cj07589 wrote:
Selection of the fittest? Leave me to it I say!
You spread your vile hatred everywhere. Why are you so angry and bitter? Were you bullied as a child?
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: Selection of the fittest? Leave me to it I say![/p][/quote]You spread your vile hatred everywhere. Why are you so angry and bitter? Were you bullied as a child? catwoman5
  • Score: -5

5:58pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Rocket dog3 says...

I'm hoping that's not you in the picture catwomen5 given the comment you've put cause if it is you I bet you feel a right a right prat if it's not you the, I hope the people in the picture feel frickin stupid
I'm hoping that's not you in the picture catwomen5 given the comment you've put cause if it is you I bet you feel a right a right prat if it's not you the, I hope the people in the picture feel frickin stupid Rocket dog3
  • Score: 4

6:04pm Mon 11 Aug 14

catwoman5 says...

catwoman5 wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
Selection of the fittest? Leave me to it I say!
You spread your vile hatred everywhere. Why are you so angry and bitter? Were you bullied as a child?
To clarfiy matters, anyone interested should look at this man's horrible comments about young children.
[quote][p][bold]catwoman5[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: Selection of the fittest? Leave me to it I say![/p][/quote]You spread your vile hatred everywhere. Why are you so angry and bitter? Were you bullied as a child?[/p][/quote]To clarfiy matters, anyone interested should look at this man's horrible comments about young children. catwoman5
  • Score: 0

6:31pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Dorset Boy says...

catwoman5 wrote:
Do you not realise that this is exactly how and why wars start. Someone who is different to me is obviously by default a "moron" and they should therefore be left to die.
Grow up a bit and use your brains. Are you all so perfect yourselves?
I go to the beach every day and being local realise just how dangerous and precarious the cliffs are. However I can understand that if you live in a city or an urban area you would not fully appreciate the risks involved. Instead of writing hateful and infantile comments on here why not gently inform people of the risks on the beach. That is what I and many other local people do each day. Everyone I have explained to has been surprised, polite and it had not occurred to them just how dangerous it could be.
Don't live with hatred, but try to reach out and help.
In answer to your comments catwoman5, I have offered advice as part of my job, before retirement, all I ever got was verbal abuse and told to mind my own business. It's no wonder that holiday makers get no sympathy when given sensible advice and they ignore it.
[quote][p][bold]catwoman5[/bold] wrote: Do you not realise that this is exactly how and why wars start. Someone who is different to me is obviously by default a "moron" and they should therefore be left to die. Grow up a bit and use your brains. Are you all so perfect yourselves? I go to the beach every day and being local realise just how dangerous and precarious the cliffs are. However I can understand that if you live in a city or an urban area you would not fully appreciate the risks involved. Instead of writing hateful and infantile comments on here why not gently inform people of the risks on the beach. That is what I and many other local people do each day. Everyone I have explained to has been surprised, polite and it had not occurred to them just how dangerous it could be. Don't live with hatred, but try to reach out and help.[/p][/quote]In answer to your comments catwoman5, I have offered advice as part of my job, before retirement, all I ever got was verbal abuse and told to mind my own business. It's no wonder that holiday makers get no sympathy when given sensible advice and they ignore it. Dorset Boy
  • Score: 4

8:00am Tue 12 Aug 14

cj07589 says...

catwoman5 wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
Selection of the fittest? Leave me to it I say!
You spread your vile hatred everywhere. Why are you so angry and bitter? Were you bullied as a child?
All I've said us leave them to it. Perhaps you'd like contribute to article instead of targeting and attacking people personally you miserable person!
[quote][p][bold]catwoman5[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: Selection of the fittest? Leave me to it I say![/p][/quote]You spread your vile hatred everywhere. Why are you so angry and bitter? Were you bullied as a child?[/p][/quote]All I've said us leave them to it. Perhaps you'd like contribute to article instead of targeting and attacking people personally you miserable person! cj07589
  • Score: 3

8:17am Tue 12 Aug 14

cj07589 says...

catwoman5 wrote:
catwoman5 wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
Selection of the fittest? Leave me to it I say!
You spread your vile hatred everywhere. Why are you so angry and bitter? Were you bullied as a child?
To clarfiy matters, anyone interested should look at this man's horrible comments about young children.
What a load of malicious rubbish seek help your clearly mentally insecure and have issues there are trained professionals who can help you know!
[quote][p][bold]catwoman5[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]catwoman5[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: Selection of the fittest? Leave me to it I say![/p][/quote]You spread your vile hatred everywhere. Why are you so angry and bitter? Were you bullied as a child?[/p][/quote]To clarfiy matters, anyone interested should look at this man's horrible comments about young children.[/p][/quote]What a load of malicious rubbish seek help your clearly mentally insecure and have issues there are trained professionals who can help you know! cj07589
  • Score: 2

9:05am Tue 12 Aug 14

cj07589 says...

catwoman5 wrote:
catwoman5 wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
Selection of the fittest? Leave me to it I say!
You spread your vile hatred everywhere. Why are you so angry and bitter? Were you bullied as a child?
To clarfiy matters, anyone interested should look at this man's horrible comments about young children.
To clarify?? Why would any decent person take issue with a reasonable request that parents control their children's behaviour whilst using a public venue? randomly ranting about non related historic articles passed only shows you up as intolerable and desperate. Would you care to dispute this statement? We all look forward to hearing to your next misguided erroneous rantings.
[quote][p][bold]catwoman5[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]catwoman5[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: Selection of the fittest? Leave me to it I say![/p][/quote]You spread your vile hatred everywhere. Why are you so angry and bitter? Were you bullied as a child?[/p][/quote]To clarfiy matters, anyone interested should look at this man's horrible comments about young children.[/p][/quote]To clarify?? Why would any decent person take issue with a reasonable request that parents control their children's behaviour whilst using a public venue? randomly ranting about non related historic articles passed only shows you up as intolerable and desperate. Would you care to dispute this statement? We all look forward to hearing to your next misguided erroneous rantings. cj07589
  • Score: 2

9:08am Tue 12 Aug 14

cj07589 says...

Dorset Boy wrote:
catwoman5 wrote:
Do you not realise that this is exactly how and why wars start. Someone who is different to me is obviously by default a "moron" and they should therefore be left to die.
Grow up a bit and use your brains. Are you all so perfect yourselves?
I go to the beach every day and being local realise just how dangerous and precarious the cliffs are. However I can understand that if you live in a city or an urban area you would not fully appreciate the risks involved. Instead of writing hateful and infantile comments on here why not gently inform people of the risks on the beach. That is what I and many other local people do each day. Everyone I have explained to has been surprised, polite and it had not occurred to them just how dangerous it could be.
Don't live with hatred, but try to reach out and help.
In answer to your comments catwoman5, I have offered advice as part of my job, before retirement, all I ever got was verbal abuse and told to mind my own business. It's no wonder that holiday makers get no sympathy when given sensible advice and they ignore it.
She is a one sandwich short of the picnic so don't waste your time tying to get any sense of of that one. With these sort of people you just have to let them do what they want, you can't explain logic nor sense to those who know it all!
[quote][p][bold]Dorset Boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]catwoman5[/bold] wrote: Do you not realise that this is exactly how and why wars start. Someone who is different to me is obviously by default a "moron" and they should therefore be left to die. Grow up a bit and use your brains. Are you all so perfect yourselves? I go to the beach every day and being local realise just how dangerous and precarious the cliffs are. However I can understand that if you live in a city or an urban area you would not fully appreciate the risks involved. Instead of writing hateful and infantile comments on here why not gently inform people of the risks on the beach. That is what I and many other local people do each day. Everyone I have explained to has been surprised, polite and it had not occurred to them just how dangerous it could be. Don't live with hatred, but try to reach out and help.[/p][/quote]In answer to your comments catwoman5, I have offered advice as part of my job, before retirement, all I ever got was verbal abuse and told to mind my own business. It's no wonder that holiday makers get no sympathy when given sensible advice and they ignore it.[/p][/quote]She is a one sandwich short of the picnic so don't waste your time tying to get any sense of of that one. With these sort of people you just have to let them do what they want, you can't explain logic nor sense to those who know it all! cj07589
  • Score: 2

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