A 28 year old tourist cheated death after plunging 120ft off a cliff after slipping when he lost his balance “taking a selfie” near the edge.
The tourist survived the fall with just “minor injuries” after landing in four feet of water in Dorset on Saturday afternoon, May 1, 2021.
The man and his five male friends had come down from the London area and were visiting the beauty spot of Old Harry Rocks between Studland and Swanage when it happened at just after 2pm on Saturday.
According to reports, the five friends of the said tourist, looked on in horror as he disappeared over the precipice and plummeted towards the ground after reportedly posing for a snap on Old Harry Rocks, near Swanage in the UK.
Luckily, for the man he landed in shallow water and a group of kayakers in the area who witnessed the incident, paddled towards the casualty.
They helped him on to the shore at the foot of the cliff and gave him first aid.
The man was said to have only suffered cuts and bruises.
He was taken to the Swanage lifeboat station where a land ambulance then took him to hospital to check if he had suffered any internal injuries.
Ian Brown, of the lifeboat team, said it was a miracle that man was not killed.
“I honestly don’t know how he is still alive today,” he said.
“It is a sheer drop of anywhere between 90ft to 120ft there. The tide was in at the time and he landed in the water.
“It wouldn’t have been that deep, probably 4ft at most.
“He is incredibly lucky to have suffered relatively minor injuries.
“Apparently he was conscious and talking and was fine. His injuries were reported to have been cuts and bruises.”
“We are seeing a lot of people get too close to the edge there to take selfies all the time,” he said,
“The cliffs there are very crumbly and our advice to anyone is to stand at least five metres back.”
Jack Reagan, 50, from Poole, was on a 12ft fishing boat just off Old Harry Rocks at the time of the accident.
Reagan said his attention was drawn to a group of people at the top of the cliff frantically waving at him.
“One of them yelled out that somebody had fallen over the cliff,” he said.
‘I can’t believe that he is alive. He should go and buy a lottery ticket he is that lucky.
“I looked over to me left and there was a guy swimming in the water towards a kayak. He managed to grab on to the front of the kayak and was helped to the shore.
“The kayak instructor got his first aid gear out and kept him warm. The guy who fell was sat up on the beach at this point.
“I can’t believe that he is alive. He should go and buy a lottery ticket he is that lucky.”