Coastguard called after 'person caught in cliff collapse' in Devon

A drone unit was deployed after a cliff collapse in Devon
-Credit: (Image: Geoff Mills & James Searle / RNLI)


A coastguard drone unit was deployed following a cliff collapse near Budleigh Salterton. Crews from RNLI Exmouth were called after reports that someone had been caught in the collapse at around 4.25pm today (Monday, June 3).

The three-volunteer crew was launched shortly after and sped towards the scene. On arrival they found what looked like a tent and camping gear on the collapsed cliff face.

Due to the inaccessible location, the Torbay Coastguard team used their drone to investigate the debris. Meanwhile, the Exmouth crew conducted a search of the shoreline.

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The drone footage soon showed that no one had been caught in the cliff collapse. All volunteers were stood down and returned to base.

RNLI Exmouth said in a post on Facebook: "This was one of our first operational deployments with the support of the H.M Coastguard drone unit and it proved very useful in quickly getting ‘eyes on’ to a highly inaccessible location, without the need to deploy teams onto the actual cliff face."

A tent was caught in the cliff fall
A tent was caught in the cliff fall