Landslide at Burton Bradstock
At just after 12.30pm on Tuesday 24 July 2012, Dorset Police were called to a report from coastguard of a landslide 400 metres from the Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Burton Bradstock in Bridport. HM Coastguard were advised by the caller that a person was trapped under the fallen rocks.
Officers, with assistance from the Police Helicopter, are currently working alongside Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and HM Coastguard to search the area. The Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) from Devon and Somerset has also been deployed to this incident. This is a national resource.
At approximately 9.40pm on Tuesday, 24 July 2012, search crews located a body on Burton Bradstock beach.
The body is believed to be that of a 22 year-old woman, reported missing earlier in the day following the landslide at the location.
Next of kin are aware and family liaison officers are supporting the family. The coroner has been informed.
At this time there are no further reports of missing people at the location and the search operation will now be stood down.
It is believed the incident was a tragic accident and our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time.
The Dorset Local Resilience forum which comprises Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue, all local councils and HM Coastguard amongst others, is advising residents and visitors to West Dorset to avoid cliffs and beaches with a cliff backdrop, following the significant landslide today.