Negligence of tourists could shut down Jurassic Coast beaches

Published on : Monday, August 22, 2016

Jurassic CoastJurassic Coast beaches on the coast of southern England could be closed if tourists do not start using their common sense and stop ignoring warning signs, experts have warned as they called for a national campaign about rock falls to be launched.

 

Sally King, the area’s visitor manager, have pleaded with the tourists visiting the area to stop getting too close to the edge of cliffs as she said visitors needed to be encouraged to take responsibility for their safety.

 

Richard Edmonds, a top geologist proposed a national television campaign as well as lessons about the coast being taught in schools.

 

Their comments came days after a huge rock fall on West Bay in Dorset sparked fears someone could be seriously injured or killed. Four years ago, Charlotte Blackman, 22, died after she was crushed to death by 400 tonnes of rock, which crashed onto a beach near Burton Bradstock when a 160ft cliff collapsed.

 

Ms King told the media that, visitors “don’t really understand the risk or danger” of rock falls as she added that officials looking after the site had been forced to think about putting wardens on some beaches. She added that the cliffs seemed to be particularly proactive at the moment, prompting concerns about further falls.

 

Ms King, who has been doing her job for 15 years, called for visitors to travel to different beaches or stretches of the coast, which are not at risk of rock falls, if they want to sunbathe.

 

The Jurassic Coast attracts around six million visitors every year, with hundreds of thousands of people travelling to the 95-mile-long heritage site to collect fossils. The area was granted UNESCO status in 2001 and the layers of rock record 185 million years of history.

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