Emergency services at cliff fall near Shanklin

A second major cliff fall in the space of a few weeks near Shanklin sent emergency services racing to the area early this evening (Saturday).

The fall, at Appley Beach, Shanklin, below the village of Luccombe, was attended by Police, the Fire Service, Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat, Ventnor Coastguard and the HM Coastguard helicopter, after reports that several dog walkers were in the vicinity when the incident happened.

Sandown Lifeboat and Coastguard Helicopter at the location

There were unconfirmed reports one family was cut off by the tide following the fall, and had to be rescued by a lifeboat, while the Coastguard helicopter hovered over the scene, checking for any more walkers who were in the vicinity at the time. But is thought no one was trapped by the fall.