Tourists Pose for Photographs on Edge of Cliffs Above Birling Gap, Despite Warnings Over Risk of Cliff Falls

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by Telegraph Reporters, The Telegraph, June 26, 2017

Daredevil tourists have been risking selfies on cliff edges just a few miles from the site of a major cliff fall.

Warnings were issued to coastal walkers last week after there were three major cliff falls near Seaford Head.

On Thursday rescue teams said they had uncovered the body of a woman at the Seven Sisters cliffs near Cuckmere Haven. They believed the woman may have fallen from the clifftop.

But tourists have been spotted perching on the edge of cliffs at Birling Gap, in East Sussex to pose for pictures over the weekend.

A spokeswoman for the National Coastguard and Maritime Agency urged people to stay on footpaths and to avoid cliff edges after thousands of tonnes of rubble collapsed from a cliff last week.

She said: “The cliff is very unstable, people should stay away from those cliffs it is not a safe place to be."

 A jet skier was also rescued by Newhaven Coastguard after he hit a submerged object in the water and came off his craft.

Although his leg was badly injured, he managed to scramble onto a small cliff ledge about 10ft up to escape the incoming tide and the choppy seas and rocks below.

Coastguard Rescue Teams along with the Newhaven Lifeboat were sent to the scene but it became apparent that the Lifeboat weren't able to reach him in his precarious position.

A cliff technician was lowered down the 180ft cliff and recovered the casualty to the waiting paramedics at the cliff top.


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