UK beachgoers flee for for their lives from collapsing cliff in ‘lucky escape’

A shocking video has captured the moment beach-goers narrowly escaped being crushed by a cliff collapse on the British coast.

The footage, which was released on Dorset Council's social media page, shows a number of people on a beach near some cliffs when a significant portion of the cliffs then crumble and collapse.

People were left fleeing for their lives and luckily managed to avoid the major rockfall on Tuesday evening (August 8), Cornwall Live reports.

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Dorset Council, who credited Daniel Knagg for the footage, said the incident occurred at West Bay in Dorset, where there is a section of South West Coast Path, which is now closed.

The collapse left a large amount of dust in the area and a huge pile of rubble and debris. It appears that nobody was harmed.

"Rockfalls and Landslips can happen at any time," the post said.

"These people had a lucky escape. The South West Coast Path above the cliff at West Bay is currently closed."

According to the BBC, there was a major rockfall near the same section of the cliff in May.

A Dorset Council spokesperson said: "Our rangers will check the area, make sure there are signs warning people of the dangers and checking the coast path.

"The Jurassic Coast is a wonderful place to visit but it's important to use common sense and caution stay away from the edge and base of cliffs and always pay attention to warning signs, safety messages and the tides."

In June 2023, a demolition firm was forced to abandon its offices after they were nearly completely buried by a landslide.

Demolition firm Lancebox Ltd, in Kent, were forced to leave its premises behind after its offices and machinery were damaged in a cliff collapse that luckily no one was injured in, but took some of the road above it down.

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