Moment of couple posing for photo on 19 inch wide cliff path in Dorset with 120 feet of drop on either side
This is when a man and a woman were photographed trying to capture the “perfect selfie” on a razor-sharp cliff that was only 19 inches wide — with a sheer drop of 120 feet on either side.
The young man, dressed in a T-shirt and shorts, was then seen posing for a solo shot as the woman flipped on her smartphone, both just one minor misstep away from crashing to their deaths on the jagged rocks below. .
The incident happened on top of Old Harry Rocks – a series of iconic rock formations near Swanage, Dorset – on Sunday.
The dangerous stunt came when at least six others across England drowned on what has been the hottest weekend of the year so far – while two died of heart attack and heat stroke while exercising in the scorching temperatures.
The influx of tourists pushed emergency services to their limits on Saturday and Sunday, triggering several warnings of reckless behaviour.
A Swanage Coast Guard spokesman said: ‘The photo was taken by someone fishing near Old Harry Rocks at 8pm.
Dangerous moment couple poses for photos on a Dorset cliff on Sunday as pundits ask Britons to behave responsibly in summer weather
The cliff edges of Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, where the pair were seen posing for photos (circled in red) – and where a minor misstep could have seen them plummet to their deaths
A spokesman for the Swanage Coastguard said the chalk that forms the cliffs in Dorset (pictured) could easily cause someone to slip, especially in high temperatures
“We went to the area the next day and spoke to the public and asked people to stay away from the cliff’s edge.
‘The cliff the man stood on the edge of was no wider than 50 cm.
“As the temperature rises, it becomes even more dangerous because the cliff is made of chalk.
‘The heat can affect this material, especially when it’s on top of it – and people can slip very easily.
“The edge of the cliff looks like a trail, but it’s not – there’s a drop on each side and it’s extremely dangerous.
“The two people have not only put their lives in danger, but they could potentially endanger others who need to save them.
“It may seem like a place to take the perfect selfie, but a sudden slip can be fatal.
Lulworth Cove, also in Dorset, where a man in his forties died surrounded by his family after slipping and falling on Sunday
“We urge people to stay away from the cliff edge and make sure this isn’t the last picture you take.”
The call came when a holidaymaker in his forties died in front of his family after slipping and falling while climbing a 200-foot cliff, also in Dorset.
The tourist was climbing halfway up the Stair Hole at Lulworth Cove when he slipped and fell on Sunday.
An air ambulance, coast guard, lifeboat crew and police arrived at the scene around 6:30 p.m., but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Six other people are now known to have died in separate drowning incidents across England on Sunday.
Bodies were recovered from waters in Sheffield, Manchester, Yorkshire and Cumbria on the hottest day of the year yet.
The latest victim was revealed this afternoon as a man whose body was recovered Sunday evening in a disused quarry in Dove Holes, Buxton, Derbyshire.
Derbyshire Police said they were called to the Victory Quarry around 7pm last night, following reports that a man had entered the water and was ‘in trouble’.
Emergency services found a body just before midnight in Sheffield’s Crookes Valley Park, where firefighters rushed to the scene (pictured)
England’s six tragic drownings over the weekend as Britons went to unsafe, disused quarries and lakes to cool off in the blistering temperatures
Police said firefighters and paramedics were also on the scene and “despite extensive search and rescue efforts, the man’s body was recovered from the water shortly before 11pm.”
In a plea for no further tragedies, group manager at the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service Paul Hawker said: ‘When the weather is hot we know people are tempted to cool off by swimming and jumping into open water, but how? warm the weather, the water stays cold, which can put the body in a cold water shock, making it difficult for even the strongest swimmer.
“Hidden rocks and debris can also pose a threat, as swimmers can easily become entangled and trapped.
“Yesterday there were over 200 people at Waterswallows Quarry, not far from Victory Quarry, and no doubt countless others in quarries, reservoirs and rivers across the country.
“Despite repeated prevention messages and visits from emergency services with known hazards in the area advising on the danger of swimming in flooded quarries where depth change can be quite sudden, it is truly sad that a man has lost his life in such tragic circumstances.
“With the warm weather set to continue and lockdown restrictions now lifted, we know people will be enjoying the sun, but we ask people to stay safe and stay out of the water.”