‘No idea of extreme danger’: UK family found camping on edge of 280ft cliff

Coastguard called out in area vulnerable to landslips, and police involved over breach of Covid guidelines

A family set up a tent on the top of a 280ft cliff. Photograph: HM Coastguard/Twitter

A family set up a tent on the top of a 280ft cliff. Photograph: HM Coastguard/Twitter

 

A family that set up a tent on the top of a 280ft cliff had “no idea of the extreme danger they were in”, the UK Coastguard said.

Rescue officers from Staithes and Whitby in north Yorkshire were called to an area along the Cleveland Way on Saturday lunchtime after a 999 call from a member of the public. Two adults and a child were camping in the tent.

As well as the proximity to the sheer drop, rescuers said that area of the coast is also vulnerable to landslips.

Adam Turner, senior coastal operations officer for HM Coastguard, said: “The family were in an extremely perilous position with no idea of the extreme danger they were in.

“Cliff edges are really unstable and can easily collapse, as recent landslips in the area have shown. If you live near the coast and are in a position to take exercise there in line with current Covid-19 restrictions, please take care near cliffs.

“Keep to paths and stay well back from the cliff edge.”

In a statement on Facebook, Staithes Coastguard said: “Safety advice was given from Coastguard rescue officers due to the dangerous location of their tent, especially with recent landslips.

“An officer from North Yorkshire Police also attended due to breach of coronavirus restrictions.” – PA