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Family pay tribute to landslide victim
FAMILY and friends of landslide victim Charlotte Blackman have paid tribute to a 'genuine, warm and funny young woman'.
She died after being crushed as 400 tonnes of rock fell on her during a trip to the beach at Burton Bradstock.
The 22-year-old, from Heanor, Derbyshire, was on holiday with her family and boyfriend when part of a 160ft-high cliff-face collapsed and sent a mountain of rocks plummeting onto the sand below.
Her body was found under piles of rubble at the popular holiday spot in Burton Bradstock, Dorset, following a nine-hour search operation.
Her uncle, Douglas Blackman, said: "She was on holiday with her whole family, her mum Rachel, dad Kevin, sister Sinead, little brother Mitchell, and boyfriend Matt.
"My brother and her boyfriend and her little brother were there when it happened. I understand the boyfriend got her little brother away into the sea to get him from it.
"She was a lively, fun-loving woman, who had her whole life in front of her.''
Miss Blackman was a volunteer with Derbyshire Autism Services Group, where she worked one-to-one with people with autism, including children, and help to give their families a break.
Council and emergency teams have urged visitors to stay away from parts of the Jurassic Coast, sections of which have been crashing into the sea for generations.