The popular press is now reporting that the sad incident at Sandymouth this week involved a man of 66 from Hampshire who was putting up his hammock when the cliff crumbled from above.
It is reported that: A senior officer for HM Coastguard said the man was trying to get the support rod for his hammock in the stone, rock when it “somehow split the rock”.
The unfortunate man’s body was recovered the following day after equipment was brought in to remove the heavy rockfall.
Rock at Sandymouth has crumbled in my hand when I’ve previously touched it, so please don’t sit or walk under the cliffs, and certainly don’t do anything which will make the rock unstable.
Our condolences go especially to the man’s wife who was present at the time.