East Sussex Fire Crews Urge Clifftop Safety

Thursday 22nd June 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Seven Sisters Birling Gap

We’re being reminded to take extra care at beauty spots such as Beachy Head and Birling Gap.

It’s after 50,000 tonnes of chalk collapsed at Seaford Head yesterday (21 June), which saw coastguards from Birling Gap rush to the scene to help search for anyone who may have been caught in the fall. There were no reports of anyone being missing and a thorough search was conducted.

Now, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is issuing a warning that clifftop are dangerous places and want parents to help their children to understand what could go wrong.

They have put out the following advice to stay safe around cliffs:

  • Stay away from the edge of cliffs - they can collapse without warning
  • Read and observe safety warnings and stay on the right side of fencing
  • Never attempt to climb cliffs
  • Be aware of the tides if you are on the beach
  • If you are walking along the beach near cliffs, know how long it will take to reduce the risks of becoming trapped
  • Dog owners are asked to keep their pets on leads while walking on the top of cliffs, especially smaller ones which cannot see cliff edges easily
  • If you find yourself in difficulty or have concerns about someone else please call 999
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