Holidaymaker's death after West Dorset cliff fall was an accident

First published in News

TRAGIC Charlotte Blackman died instantly on the Dorset coast as a result of an accident that no-one could have predicted, at inquest has heard.

The inquest at County Hall in Dorchester into the young holidaymaker’s death has just concluded.

It was a heated and emotional hearing as the last moments of Charlotte’s life were revealed.

Proceedings were interrupted a number of times by members of the public. Charlotte, 22, from Derbyshire, died after a cliff fall at Burton Bradstock in July. The inquest heard this was a ‘sudden act of nature.'

A witness did give a warning shout to Charlotte and others not to go near the cliffs but her family said they did not hear this.

Freshwater Holiday Park, sited close to the beach where the tragedy happened, will be asked by the coroner to put up more signs on its land warning people of the dangers of the cliffs.

Coroner Sheriff Payne told the hearing that Miss Blackman's death could not have been predicted.

He said the National Trust, which owns a stretch of the beach where the tragedy happened, appeared to be doing all it could to warn visitors of the dangers presented by the 100ft cliffs.
And he said there was not sufficient evidence to say if the weather had played a part in the landslide, after hearing concerns that heavy rain in the county in the weeks leading up to the landslide, on a ''glorious summer's day'', may have triggered large sections of the cliff to fall.
He said: ''Sadly, Charlotte Blackman died as a result of an accident. It was a sudden act of nature that nobody could have predicted at that time.''

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