Dicing with death… for a selfie: Tourists pose for photographs on edge of crumbling cliff

  • People pictured on the edge of 500ft crumbling cliff Birling Gap taking selfies 
  • The cliff suffers the country’s worst coastal erosion and it was during high winds
  • In 2017 a 23-year-old South Korean fell to her death from Cuckmere Haven cliffs 

Larking around on the edge of a 500ft crumbling cliff, these tourists happily dice with death in the search for the perfect selfie.

At one stage they even appeared to be daring each other to go closer to the precipice at Birling Gap in East Sussex.

The cliff suffers the country’s worst coastal erosion but that did not stop the grinning visitors testing their luck. 

To make matters worse, these images were captured last Thursday – a day of high winds on the south coast.

At one stage they even appeared to be daring each other to go closer to the precipice at Birling Gap in East Sussex

The cliff suffers the country’s worst coastal erosion but that did not stop the grinning visitors testing their luck

In one, a woman holds a man’s legs as he peers over the edge. 

A friend behind laughs and captures the moment on her phone. In another picture, one of the women is inches from the edge taking a photo as a friend holds on to her jacket.

Signs at Birling Gap warn that dangling on the edge is ‘incredibly dangerous’ as there are giant cracks in the chalk that could give way at any moment.

In 2017 a 23-year-old South Korean fell to her death from cliffs at nearby Cuckmere Haven.

Signs at Birling Gap warn that dangling on the edge is ‘incredibly dangerous’ as there are giant cracks in the chalk that could give way at any moment

It has frequently tempted tourists to attempt to take extremely risky and sometimes reckless photos.

A man was dubbed the ‘daftest dad in Britain’ in 2019 after being pictured in shorts and a T-shirt dangling his young son over the precipice.

He grinned broadly and held him loosely around his legs and chest before he was again captured on film crouching to peer over the chalk edge with another child held by only one arm around the waist.

In both cases, just a stumble or loss of grip could have ended in tragedy with the child plunging to the ground.

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