VIDEO: Madness of man who stops to have his picture taken sat on the edge of 500ft cliff

Man caught on camera sat on the edge of Beachy Head

Man caught on camera sat on the edge of Beachy Head

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THRILLSEEKERS who risk their lives posing for pictures dangling over 500 foot cliffs should be shown videos of their consequences of their actions in a bid to put an end to the “stupid” practice.

That’s the suggestion of one regular visitor to Beachy Head who says he is fed-up of seeing people risking their lives along the perilous cliffs just for the sake of a picture.

Photographer Guy Hollingworth says he fears that only a tragedy will stop visitors to the cliffs putting themselves in harm’s way for cameras and smartphones. The 41-year-old from Seaford posted a video of one man perched on the cliff top on Sunday while his friends took pictures.

Mr Hollingworth said such risk takers should be shown footage from lifeboat and coastguard rescues and body recoveries to shock them into seeing the dangers involved.

He said that he did not feel that fencing off the cliffs would be the answer because of the costs involved, but something was needed to shock people into “growing up”.

Mr Hollingworth said: “If someone is driving without a seatbelt, police show them a video of what could happen and maybe that is what needs to happen here.

“On the video I shot on Sunday everybody is walking past and nobody says anything to them, it’s just the norm.

“I am here three days a week and every day I will see somebody either lying down with their heads over the edge or having a friend hold their arm as they lean right out.

“These people are on the edge of the cliff but they can’t see the overhangs and cracks beneath them.

“The horrible thing is that it will take somebody dying to change anything and it will be their families who suffer as well as the coastguard, the lifeboats and the chaplaincy team who will have to deal with that."

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said: "Our advice is to stay away from cliff edges as they can be crumbly or slippery when wet.

“Venturing too close to peer over the edge or to take a photo is just not worth the risk.

“You shouldn't attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are trained and equipped to do so.

“If you get into difficulty, or spot someone else in trouble, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

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1:52pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Goldenwight says...

Risk of harm? Minimal.

Risk of negative comment? Maximal.
Risk of harm? Minimal. Risk of negative comment? Maximal. Goldenwight
  • Score: -97

1:55pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Withdean-er says...

Selfish and dim **** sitting on the edge of weak subsoil and chalk. But a brave legend in his own lunchtime.
Selfish and dim **** sitting on the edge of weak subsoil and chalk. But a brave legend in his own lunchtime. Withdean-er
  • Score: 23

2:53pm Mon 1 Sep 14

ok,jared says...

And what about those who have to mop up the aftermath?
And what about those who have to mop up the aftermath? ok,jared
  • Score: -35

2:55pm Mon 1 Sep 14

s&k says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Risk of harm? Minimal. Risk of negative comment? Maximal.
Risk of harm minimal? Mmmm, not so sure there.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Risk of harm? Minimal. Risk of negative comment? Maximal.[/p][/quote]Risk of harm minimal? Mmmm, not so sure there. s&k
  • Score: 58

3:08pm Mon 1 Sep 14

NickBrt says...

Let him drop!
Let him drop! NickBrt
  • Score: 17

3:16pm Mon 1 Sep 14

s&k says...

ok,jared wrote:
And what about those who have to mop up the aftermath?
This is a totally valid point so why the minus scores?
[quote][p][bold]ok,jared[/bold] wrote: And what about those who have to mop up the aftermath?[/p][/quote]This is a totally valid point so why the minus scores? s&k
  • Score: 4

3:23pm Mon 1 Sep 14

ok,jared says...

s&k wrote:
ok,jared wrote:
And what about those who have to mop up the aftermath?
This is a totally valid point so why the minus scores?
There's a lot of sick people reading this page.
[quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ok,jared[/bold] wrote: And what about those who have to mop up the aftermath?[/p][/quote]This is a totally valid point so why the minus scores?[/p][/quote]There's a lot of sick people reading this page. ok,jared
  • Score: -6

3:24pm Mon 1 Sep 14

BlackRocker says...

s&k wrote:
ok,jared wrote:
And what about those who have to mop up the aftermath?
This is a totally valid point so why the minus scores?
I completely agree. The minus scores are probably from readers who don't understand the word 'aftermath'.
[quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ok,jared[/bold] wrote: And what about those who have to mop up the aftermath?[/p][/quote]This is a totally valid point so why the minus scores?[/p][/quote]I completely agree. The minus scores are probably from readers who don't understand the word 'aftermath'. BlackRocker
  • Score: 2

3:30pm Mon 1 Sep 14

ok,jared says...

VIDEO: Madness of man who stops to have his picture taken sat on the edge of 500ft cliff

Body found on beach not being treated as suspicious

^^^^Unfortunate placement of stories on this website.
VIDEO: Madness of man who stops to have his picture taken sat on the edge of 500ft cliff Body found on beach not being treated as suspicious ^^^^Unfortunate placement of stories on this website. ok,jared
  • Score: -32

3:52pm Mon 1 Sep 14

ok,jared says...

Thanks to the trolls, comments on the travellers thread have been removed.
Thanks to the trolls, comments on the travellers thread have been removed. ok,jared
  • Score: -42

4:11pm Mon 1 Sep 14

just-a-person says...

Totally agree with this article. It's one of my most favourite places to be but sometimes it can be stressful seeing these people risking their lives the way they do. I have thought it would be a good idea if there were pictures showing you were you are standing taken from the bottom up so they can see how much risk they are taking. I also realise it could then be used in the wrong way so I'm not sure what if anything would help other than a tragic incident like the man in the article says. It's sad watching someone's loved one being bought back up and looking for items on them in the hope they can be identified so they can make the sad journey to inform relatives.
Is that picture worth it ?
Totally agree with this article. It's one of my most favourite places to be but sometimes it can be stressful seeing these people risking their lives the way they do. I have thought it would be a good idea if there were pictures showing you were you are standing taken from the bottom up so they can see how much risk they are taking. I also realise it could then be used in the wrong way so I'm not sure what if anything would help other than a tragic incident like the man in the article says. It's sad watching someone's loved one being bought back up and looking for items on them in the hope they can be identified so they can make the sad journey to inform relatives. Is that picture worth it ? just-a-person
  • Score: 8

4:46pm Mon 1 Sep 14

MikeyA says...

"Sitting" not "sat" !!!!!!!!!
"Sitting" not "sat" !!!!!!!!! MikeyA
  • Score: 2

4:46pm Mon 1 Sep 14

MikeyA says...

"Sitting" not "sat" !!!!!!!!!
"Sitting" not "sat" !!!!!!!!! MikeyA
  • Score: 1

5:29pm Mon 1 Sep 14

tbear123 says...

Safer than going to Syria to fight
Safer than going to Syria to fight tbear123
  • Score: -5

6:19pm Mon 1 Sep 14

somerandombloke says...

I spoke to a young lady sitting just along from there, with her legs over the edge. She told me she stopped there every Sunday to eat her apple. I haven't seen her for sometime.
I spoke to a young lady sitting just along from there, with her legs over the edge. She told me she stopped there every Sunday to eat her apple. I haven't seen her for sometime. somerandombloke
  • Score: 2

6:50pm Mon 1 Sep 14

monkeymoo says...

No crime is being committed.
It is their life to choose what risk they take with it.
Yes...Other people may have to clear up the mess, but don't forget, that is doing a job they have CHOSEN to do.

If people are so concerned and upset about the issue, instead of moaning on here, why don't you pester your MP / local council to have a safety fence erected along around the coast of the UK. Or pay for it yourselves!
Whilst you're at it, perhaps you could ban everyone from parachuting as well....Or even driving a car.
Both of those are far more dangerous, and other people will have to clear up the mess when it goes wrong!
No crime is being committed. It is their life to choose what risk they take with it. Yes...Other people may have to clear up the mess, but don't forget, that is doing a job they have CHOSEN to do. If people are so concerned and upset about the issue, instead of moaning on here, why don't you pester your MP / local council to have a safety fence erected along around the coast of the UK. Or pay for it yourselves! Whilst you're at it, perhaps you could ban everyone from parachuting as well....Or even driving a car. Both of those are far more dangerous, and other people will have to clear up the mess when it goes wrong! monkeymoo
  • Score: 27

7:35pm Mon 1 Sep 14

just-a-person says...

monkeymoo wrote:
No crime is being committed.
It is their life to choose what risk they take with it.
Yes...Other people may have to clear up the mess, but don't forget, that is doing a job they have CHOSEN to do.

If people are so concerned and upset about the issue, instead of moaning on here, why don't you pester your MP / local council to have a safety fence erected along around the coast of the UK. Or pay for it yourselves!
Whilst you're at it, perhaps you could ban everyone from parachuting as well....Or even driving a car.
Both of those are far more dangerous, and other people will have to clear up the mess when it goes wrong!
Yes it is their choice your quite right. I am speaking from a mother's point of view and I am sure most people have rolled there eyes on the way out of the door at mum telling them to be careful at something !! I just don't think many people realise how close they are to the edge and how unstable it is. I wouldn't want a fence put up it would spoil it but then again I wouldn't want that knock at the door either, I have enough worry with every accident I hear on the news until I know my son is safe........ just saying.
[quote][p][bold]monkeymoo[/bold] wrote: No crime is being committed. It is their life to choose what risk they take with it. Yes...Other people may have to clear up the mess, but don't forget, that is doing a job they have CHOSEN to do. If people are so concerned and upset about the issue, instead of moaning on here, why don't you pester your MP / local council to have a safety fence erected along around the coast of the UK. Or pay for it yourselves! Whilst you're at it, perhaps you could ban everyone from parachuting as well....Or even driving a car. Both of those are far more dangerous, and other people will have to clear up the mess when it goes wrong![/p][/quote]Yes it is their choice your quite right. I am speaking from a mother's point of view and I am sure most people have rolled there eyes on the way out of the door at mum telling them to be careful at something !! I just don't think many people realise how close they are to the edge and how unstable it is. I wouldn't want a fence put up it would spoil it but then again I wouldn't want that knock at the door either, I have enough worry with every accident I hear on the news until I know my son is safe........ just saying. just-a-person
  • Score: 3

8:06pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

just-a-person wrote:
monkeymoo wrote:
No crime is being committed.
It is their life to choose what risk they take with it.
Yes...Other people may have to clear up the mess, but don't forget, that is doing a job they have CHOSEN to do.

If people are so concerned and upset about the issue, instead of moaning on here, why don't you pester your MP / local council to have a safety fence erected along around the coast of the UK. Or pay for it yourselves!
Whilst you're at it, perhaps you could ban everyone from parachuting as well....Or even driving a car.
Both of those are far more dangerous, and other people will have to clear up the mess when it goes wrong!
Yes it is their choice your quite right. I am speaking from a mother's point of view and I am sure most people have rolled there eyes on the way out of the door at mum telling them to be careful at something !! I just don't think many people realise how close they are to the edge and how unstable it is. I wouldn't want a fence put up it would spoil it but then again I wouldn't want that knock at the door either, I have enough worry with every accident I hear on the news until I know my son is safe........ just saying.
I reckon people doing this are fully aware of the dangers, which is why they do it.
[quote][p][bold]just-a-person[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]monkeymoo[/bold] wrote: No crime is being committed. It is their life to choose what risk they take with it. Yes...Other people may have to clear up the mess, but don't forget, that is doing a job they have CHOSEN to do. If people are so concerned and upset about the issue, instead of moaning on here, why don't you pester your MP / local council to have a safety fence erected along around the coast of the UK. Or pay for it yourselves! Whilst you're at it, perhaps you could ban everyone from parachuting as well....Or even driving a car. Both of those are far more dangerous, and other people will have to clear up the mess when it goes wrong![/p][/quote]Yes it is their choice your quite right. I am speaking from a mother's point of view and I am sure most people have rolled there eyes on the way out of the door at mum telling them to be careful at something !! I just don't think many people realise how close they are to the edge and how unstable it is. I wouldn't want a fence put up it would spoil it but then again I wouldn't want that knock at the door either, I have enough worry with every accident I hear on the news until I know my son is safe........ just saying.[/p][/quote]I reckon people doing this are fully aware of the dangers, which is why they do it. Fred'smate
  • Score: 8

2:00pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Valentinian says...

CLIFF!

Police have removed a large amount of material from a house belonging to Cliff Richard.
Fingers crossed it's just child **** and not new music.

BBC NEWS! Three Cliff Walkers die over the weekend...WHAT WERE THE CAHNCES OF THEM HAVING THE SAME NAME!


I think CLiff is past his cell by date



As Dave walked towards the edge of the cliff and certain death, he realised his feet were killing him.
CLIFF! Police have removed a large amount of material from a house belonging to Cliff Richard. Fingers crossed it's just child **** and not new music. BBC NEWS! Three Cliff Walkers die over the weekend...WHAT WERE THE CAHNCES OF THEM HAVING THE SAME NAME! I think CLiff is past his cell by date As Dave walked towards the edge of the cliff and certain death, he realised his feet were killing him. Valentinian
  • Score: -1

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