Adrenaline junkies who love snapping selfies on coastal walks have been urged to steer clear of one particular range of cliffs.
The UK Coastguard issued the warning over Seaford Cliffs in East Sussex after it found a crack at Seaford Head had grown worse. The area around the crack has been roped off to avoid people stepping into danger.
But coastguards are worried that the cordoning will only spur on thrill-seekers in pursuit of the perfect photo.
Collapsing cliffs warning
The area has always been susceptible to erosion and has in recent months been hit by a slew of cliff collapses. Furthermore, coastguards warn they do not know when Seaford could be hit by further falling rock.
Mark Rodway, maritime commander, said: “It’s impossible to predict when the next piece might fall or how big it will be. It’s very clear that the cliffs are unstable in places and we really can’t stress enough how important it is to keep back from the edge. There is no ‘safe’ place to be.”
Selfies aren’t worth the risk
Mr Rodway advises adrenaline junkies tempted to risk a selfie from beyond the roped off area to think again, warning them to instead “keep away”.
“We are warning beach-goers and coastal walkers to exercise caution in the Seaford cliffs area and keep away from the areas that have now been cordoned off.
“One of our biggest problems is the ‘selfie-culture’ where people take great risks to get a dramatic photograph of themselves on a dangerous cliff edge – no selfie is worth risking your life for.”
Reference: BBC News
Date Published: September 27, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown