Tourists still risking lives for cliff-edge selfies

Selfie-takers spotted just 10 miles from where Nick Cave's son Arthur died

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Tourists risking lives for cliff-edge selfies despite Arthur Cave's death

Just days after Nick Cave's son fell to his death from cliffs in Brighton, tourists are seen risking their lives for a photograph from cliffs nearby.

15-year-old Arthur Cave died after plunging 60ft onto a coastal path at the foot of Ovingdean Gap. There is no indication that he was taking photographs at the time, and the tragedy has been called an accident.

An air ambulance rushed him to hospital but he later died from his injuries.

Despite this and the dangers involved, in the space of just a few hours tourists were seen dicing with death by getting extremely close to the crumbling edge of cliffs at Seven Sisters, just 10 miles away.

Tourists risking lives for cliff-edge selfies despite Arthur Cave's death

People keen to get the ultimate photo were seen venturing almost to the edge of the cliff, where there is no fence, seemingly unaware or uncaring that it could potentially crumble away beneath their feet.

At the time of Arthur's death, Nick and his wife, Susie, paid tribute to Arthur, who also leaves behind his twin brother, Earl, in a short statement that read: "Our son Arthur died on Tuesday (14 July) evening. He was our beautiful, happy, loving boy.

"We ask that we be given the privacy our family needs to grieve at this difficult time."

According to the Daily Mail and the Telegraph, reports have emerged this week that a locked gate had caused a delay in emergency vehicles accessing the beach at Ovingdean Gap (pictured below).

Tourists risking lives for cliff-edge selfies despite Arthur Cave's death

The South East Coast Ambulance Service said that while the ambulance vehicles experienced a "short delay" in reaching Arthur, there would be no investigation because the patient was treated "quickly".

A spokesman told the Telegraph: "Two of our most senior paramedics tried to save the life of that boy within minutes of them arriving at the scene."

He said that the critical care paramedics commandeered bicycles and were able to reach Arthur while the vehicles waited at the locked gate for the key.

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