Fresh warnings over the dangers of the crumbling cliffs at Old Hunstanton have been issued after a man slipped and fell from a clifftop footpath on Friday night, landing on a ledge 40ft from the beach.
Escaping with cuts, bruises and a broken arm, the 49-year-old man managed to call 999 after he fell, alerting the police, Coastguard, ambulance and fire services to the incident.
The man, who was from Lynn, slipped and fell on Golf Course Road, in Old Hunstanton, at around 11.50pm, and was taken to Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment after being walked down to the beach by police.
Hunstanton councillor Elizabeth Watson said: “The state of the cliffs is something we have to watch very carefully, the fences have been moved back already and people do very much need to be aware of the dangers of the cliffs.
“They’re a wonderful feature that we are very proud of, but the cliffs are eroding at a rate of three metres per year which is very fast. It’s not just from the waves hitting the bottom, it is also the rain and the elements affecting the top of them – a double whammy.”
She added: “I would imagine the man slipping wasn’t helped by the heavy rain we have had lately, the sandstone is very porous and when we have rain it sinks in and destabilises the rock.”
Humber Coastguard attended the incident, a spokesman said: “Our advice is to stay away from cliff edges, especially after heavy rain. If you see anyone in trouble, you should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”