Warning issued following cliff rock fall between Ramsgate and Dumpton

The rock fall Photo Henry Davies

Margate Coastguard is warning the public to stay clear of an area between Ramsgate and Dumpton following a cliff rock fall this morning (January 9).

Mark Stanford, from Ramsgate, was on the beach when the rocks collapsed on to the beach below, He said: “I was looking out to sea and heard a rumble. I turned around just as the bits were landing on the beach!”

Photo Mark Stanford

Climate conditions, such as a period of heavy rain which seeps into the cliffs followed by cold nights that can freeze and crack the chalk, and corrosion generally cause such falls.

Photo Henry Davies

A spokesman for HM Coastguard Margate said: “We urge members of the public to stay well away, and if they see anything untoward to contact the Coastguard immediately.”

Photo Mark Stanford

Coastguard in Dover said the fall will be investigated and the council notified.

Dial 999 and ask for Coastguard in an emergency or call 01304 210008.