Nail-biting footage shows the moment walkers were nearly crushed by a falling cliff

Nail-biting footage shows the moment walkers were nearly crushed by a falling cliff
Miraculously, nobody was hurt during the incident (Photo: SWNS)

This shocking video shows the moment a group of walkers had a miracle escape as they narrowly avoided a cliff fall at a beach made famous by TV’s Broadchurch.

Around 1,000 tonnes of rock fell from the cliff and members of the public were warned to stay away as the area remained unstable.

Now, the Environment Agency have released a video of the moment the rock fell – which shows a group of walkers at the base of the cliffs.

The chunks of cliff fell away at around 5pm on Tuesday 13 March, from East Cliff on West Bay beach in Dorset – known as a key filming location for Broadchurch.

The shocking video above shows the dramatic moment the cliff gave way, sending huge plumes of dust into the air, with at least two people stood in close proximity.

No injuries

The footage was captured on a webcam video operated by Environment Agency Wessex.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said, “The Jurassic Coast is a popular destination for walkers and fossil hunters.

Around 1,000 tonnes of rock fell from the cliff (Photo: SWNS)
Around 1,000 tonnes of rock fell from the cliff (Photo: SWNS)

“Foul weather can cause rock fall from the cliffs so avoid these areas. Heavy rainfall contributes to cliff sumping because of the extra weight and lubrication.

“So it might be tempting to look for fossils or inspect the rock fall, but the risk of further collapse can last for a few days.”

Several people can be seen on the beach at the moment the rocks fell, but nobody was injured.

‘Your life is not worth risking for a walk’

The Facebook post by the Environment Agency reads, “No one was hurt or killed when 1,000 tons of rock collapsed at East Beach during foul weather.

“But it is extremely dangerous to be on or near cliffs when the wind is high and waves are strong.

“There is no minimum safe distance. Be wise: your life is not worth risking for a walk.”

Public are advised to stay away

At the time of the fall, a multi-agency search and rescue operation was launched.

Chief Inspector Lance Cliff, of Dorset Police, said on Tuesday evening, “At this stage it is not believed anyone is trapped following the fall.”

The beach remained closed on Wednesday morning, after being sealed off shortly after 5pm on Tuesday.

Speaking at the time, a spokesman for Dorset County Council said, “There’s been a large rockfall of approximately 1,000 tons at East Cliff West Bay.

“The police and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have closed the coastal path between West Bay and Freshwater.

“The beach is also closed, and there are dangerous overhangs from top of cliff. The public are advised to stay away.”