Coastguard slams couple who risked lives to take ‘perfect selfie’ on cliff top

The coastguard has issued a warning to remind people that safety comes first ahead of taking the "perfect selfie".

This comes after two people were spotted dangerously close to the edge of a cliff-top in Dorset, which prompted Swanage Coastguard to warn people to be cautious along the coast.

The two people in question were seen by a member of the public standing on the edge of the Old Harry Rocks cliffs – described as being no wider than 50cm – at around 8pm on Friday evening.

A Swanage Coastguard spokesman said: "The photograph was taken by someone fishing at 8pm near Old Harry Rocks.

"We went to the area the following day and spoke to members of the public and asked people to stay away from the cliff edge.

"The cliff, which the man was on the edge of, was no wider than 50cm.

"As the temperatures rise, it becomes even more dangerous because the cliff is made of chalk. The heat can erode this material especially when stood on – and people can slip very easily.

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"The cliff edge looks like a path, but it isn't – there is a drop at each side and it's extremely dangerous.

"The two people did not just put their lives at risk, but could potentially put others at risk who may have to save them.

"It may seem like a spot to get the perfect selfie, but a sudden slip can be fatal.

"We're urging people to stay away from the cliff edge and to make sure it's not the last photo you take."

Prior to this warning, a spokesman for neighbouring Kimmeridge Coastguard issued a plea for people to stay safe at the coast.

He said: "Please be extra careful, go prepared and don't take unnecessary risks when venturing to the coast."

For any coastal emergencies or concerns for persons in danger dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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