Large rock fall at Charmouth sparks safety alert

Picture shows a seperate rockfall at Charmouth back in June. Picture Graham Hunt

Picture shows a seperate rockfall at Charmouth back in June. Picture Graham Hunt

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ANOTHER large rock fall has taken place at Charmouth.

Yesterday afternoon on Wednesday, August 20, Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre was called by the beach attendant at Charmouth, who reported a further recent large rock fall between Evans Cliff and Cains Folly.

Lyme Regis coastguard rescue officers were sent to investigate and Dorset County Council was informed of the rock fall.

A seperate rock fall took place at Charmouth back in June and fresh pleas were made by coastguards and experts to stay away from the cliffs.

The news of yet another rock fall comes as the second anniversary of the death of tragic Charlotte Blackman approaches.

It was after the wet weather in the summer of 2012 that 22-year-old holidaymaker Charlotte Blackman was killed by 400-tonne rockfall near Burton Bradstock.

At the inquest her father Kevin said the fall happened ‘in the blink of an eye’.

Two days after Miss Blackman died, another ‘sizeable’ landslip also took place 1,000 metres east of Charmouth.

Since the tragic accident there have been renewed calls by experts for the public to adhere to safety advice signs and constant advice issued that cliffs in the area remain unstable.

Cain’s Folly, part of the cliff face at Stonebarrow Hill, is about 140 metres high but 50 metres lower than neighbouring Golden Cap, the highest cliff on the south coast.

More to follow.

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