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Man dies in fall from rocks on Dorset coast on hottest day of the year

Written by on 20/07/2021

A man died after falling from rocks at a coastal beauty spot on the hottest day of the year, police have said.

The man, who was in his 40s, fell off rocks at Stair Hole near to Lulworth Cove at around 6.30pm on Sunday, Dorset Police said.

Police, paramedics, the air ambulance and coastguard were all sent to the scene, but the man was pronounced dead shortly after.

There were no suspicious circumstances and his family were informed, the force added.

The incident happened on the hottest day of the year so far when temperatures reached 31.6C (88.9F) in London.

An ‘extreme heat warning’ is in place for the first time across the UK until midnight on Thursday.

It comes as the coastguard in nearby Swanage issued a warning not to take selfies near cliff edges after an image of a couple appeared posing for the camera next to a huge drop.

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HM Coastguard Swanage wrote alongside the picture: “Taken last night near Old Harry – help us to help you – on Sunday.

“Don’t take risks – this person is stood on a cliff top no wider than 50cm – it’s NOT a path – with a drop each side.”

 Sky News

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