Reckless tourists pitch tent under crumbling cliff face as woman hit by rockfall

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This is the shocking moment tourists pitch their tents directly under a crumbling cliff edge – as a stark warning was issued after a woman was struck by falling debris.

The happy campers appeared not to have a care in the world on Tuesday afternoon as they ignored safety warning signs to keep their distance at West Bay in Dorset.

It came after a woman was left injured by rockfall in the same area at around 4.45pm on Monday.

The 120ft sandstone cliffs are infamous for frequent landslips – but have become an iconic tourist destination after featuring heavily in the hit ITV drama Broadchurch.

HM Lyme Regis Coastguard urged walkers and beach-goers not to go under the cliffs and warned there would likely be “further falls with no warning” after the casualty.

Photos from around 4pm yesterday show least three tents pitched up in the danger zone as the group of about six men, women and young children lounged on folded chairs.

One of the group, a man in a white t-shirt and dark shorts, took things a step further by clambering into a cliff crack.

A spokesperson for HM Lyme Regis Coastguard said: “Lyme Regis Coastguard team was tasked, alongside our colleagues from West Bay, to assist the Ambulance service with a casualty at East Beach, West Bay.

“The lady had been walking along the beach and was struck on the head by falling debris from the cliff above.

“On arrival at the scene, immediate casualty care was given until the ambulance arrived. We wish her a speedy recovery.

“Please do not walk under the cliffs. They are very fragile after the all the rain and storms.

“There is a likelihood that there will be further falls with no warning.”