HUGE boulder plummets onto Devon beach footbridge

An enormous boulder crashed onto a footbridge in Exmouth yesterday (June 18), tearing the metal railings in half.

The rock fell from the cliff face onto the bridge at Orcombe Point.

There has also been another cliff fall on East Beach Sidmouth see Sidmouth Herald

Chloe Parkman www.devonlive.com 

Local resident, Jacky Sayers, 52 was walking along the beach with her dogs when she heard a “massive rumble” seconds before witnessing the large boulder roll down the cliff and smash into the footbridge.

The boulder smashed into the railings (Image: Jacky Sayers)

Fortunately, the 52-year old was stood a “fair distance” away from the bridge at the time or the consequences could have been fatal.

In an attempt to alert local residents of the dangerous cliffs, Jacky uploaded the image onto a local community page.

One viewer commented: “Been looking dodgy for a few months now.”

Another added: “This is why we don’t let our kids near the rocks. Hopefully other parents will do the same.”

It is believed this was the boulder that crashed onto the footbridge

It is understood that this large piece of rock coming away from the cliff face is the same boulder the crashed into the railings yesterday (June 18).

However, this is yet to be confirmed.

East Devon District Council (EDDC), are aware of the incident and a spokesperson said: “We have clarified that the owner of the land in question is the National Trust.

“The bridge is a footpath structure maintained by the Devon County Council rights of way department.”

Devon County Council and National Trust have been approached for comment.

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