Emergency services fear fatality if safety advice not followed

Two adults and four children were seen climbing the cliff in Charmouth

COASTGUARDS and the RNLI in Lyme Regis have issued another stark warning to people risking their lives as they ignore the dangers of the Jurassic Coast.

Emergency services last week warned beach-goers to check tide times before setting off for walks, following two incidents in which seven people were cut off by the tide.

But the latest warning comes after photographs emerged of a couple and four children climbing in the mud on a cliff at Charmouth.

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew’s operations manager Nick Marks said: “This latest evidence of people climbing the cliff with children is a serious concern, as is those who become cut off by the tide.

“I fear serious injury, or even loss of life, is a real possibility when people do not take seriously the dangers that the coast presents.

“That is not to say they should not enjoy the coast, but it is to emphasise that they must take great care and plan their activities according to the conditions.”

The photographs were taken last Thursday by a fossil hunter on the beach at Charmouth, who commented: “I was horrified to see two adults and four children, all apparently under the age of ten, climbing the cliff. Mud was actually falling off the cliff at the time.

“I also saw two wellington boots stuck in the mud and presumably abandoned by their wearers.”

Coastguards, who have dealt with several incidents involving people cut off by the tide or trapped on cliffs, have also issued many warnings and advice.

Nick Bale, station officer for Lyme Regis Coastguard, said: “We have carried out six rescues in the space of 72 hours. In all cases the casualties have put themselves in unnecessary danger through lack of forethought and ignoring straightforward advice and signage. Their rescuers have also been put into these dangerous situations.

“Coastguard advice remains very clear, do not put yourself at risk by climbing  cliffs or investigating muddy areas as you can easily become stuck. If you do become stuck, remain calm and keep as still as you can.

“If you find yourself in difficulty at sea, on the beach or the cliffs or if you see something which gives you cause for concern do not hesitate…dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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