Warning over 500ft cliff edge Instagram photos in Sussex

Ruth Doherty

The Coastguard is warning tourists that 'No selfie is worth your life' after a group were seen taking photos on the edge of a 500ft cliff in Sussex.

Young tourists, believed to be Korean, shared images on Instagram of themselves posing at the edge of the drop at Seven Sisters Country Park near Brighton.

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One shot shows a woman in a dress standing on just one leg while inches away from the cliff edge, which has been described as "unstable".

According to the Telegraph, a spokesman for the Dover Coastguard said: "There is nothing we can do to stop them doing it, but we do advise and request people not to do it.

"It's a beauty spot and people do take pictures there, but there are signs up warning people not to go near the edge."

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There have been a number of cliff collapses in the area over the last few months.

The Maritime and Coastguard agency also condemned the pictures, telling the Evening Standard: "It's very clear that cliffs are very unstable in places.

"It's impossible to predict when the next piece might fall or how big it will be. Periods of intense rainfall will often make cliff edges more vulnerable.

"We really can't stress enough how important it is to keep back from the edge. There is no 'safe' place to be.

"Don't be tempted to go and investigate and don't risk going to the edge to get a dramatic picture – no selfie or photograph is worth risking your life for.

"Use the designated paths, take notice of any warning signs, be responsible and don't take any unnecessary risks."