Man dies after cliff collapse on beach in Suffolk

The man became trapped under a landslide at Thorpeness Beach

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Man dies after cliff collapse on beach in Suffolk


A man has died after part of a cliff collapsed onto a beach in Suffolk.

The man, who was taking a stroll on the beach, was trapped under a landslide at around 1.25pm on Saturday at Thorpeness Beach.

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It is believed dozens of people helped try to locate and rescue the man, believed to be in his 50s, but he had already died when he was found.

According to the Independent, one witness said there were "50 or 60 people who were desperately trying to dig the man free".

Bev Allen, Maritime Operations Controller for the UK Coastguard, said: "This was a large scale search and rescue effort in which multiple agencies worked together to free the trapped person."

According to the BBC, she added: "We would remind people to be mindful when out walking on the coast. Standing on cliff edges and at the base of a cliff are dangerous places to be as it is impossible to predict when the next piece might fall or how big it will be."

Suffolk Police confirmed the man had died at the scene and that they were treating his death as "non-suspicious".

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