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Supposedly ‘closed’ beach is packed again after people injured jumping off 200ft cliff

A person jumps into the sea from Durdle Door, near Lulworth, despite Dorset Council announcing that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 31, 2020. See PA story POLICE DurdleDoor. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Three people jump off a 200ft cliff into shallow water at Durdle Door – which the council has apparently ‘closed’ to the public (Picture: PA)

Cliff jumpers are still at it on Durdle Door despite the council announcing the beach was closed after three people were seriously injured jumping off 200ft cliffs.

The local authority said anyone trying to access the popular beach in Dorset would be turned back after yesterday’s incident.

But pictures today show crowds of people descending on the beach again, in total disregard of the ban.

A man in his early 20s was left fighting for his life after being pulled unconscious from the sea by two members of the public.

Witnesses reported that he spent several minutes underwater and was given CPR on the beach by an off-duty medic before being airlifted to hospital.

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A second man, aged about 25, suffered serious spinal injuries after also making the 200ft leap into about 15ft of water. He was also flown to hospital by air ambulance.

People walk towards the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth, despite Dorset Council announcing that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 31, 2020. See PA story POLICE DurdleDoor. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

People make their way towards the supposedly closed beach (Picture: PA)

People fill the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth, despite Dorset Council announcing that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 31, 2020. See PA story POLICE DurdleDoor. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

People fill the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth, today (Picture: PA)

People make their way down the steps to the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth, despite Dorset Council announcing that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 31, 2020. See PA story POLICE DurdleDoor. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Closed beach? Apparently not. People make their way down the steps to the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth, this morning to enjoy the sun (Picture: PA)

The scene at the beach at Durdle Door in Dorset, where three people have been badly injured after reports of people jumping off the cliffs. See SWNS story SWBRbeach. Three people have been seriously hurt at a beach on the Jurassic coast. Dorset Police responded to reports of concern for the safety of people who were jumping off the cliff at Durdle Door into the sea at about 15:45 BST. Two helicopters landed on the beach and those injured were taken to hospital. The extent of their injuries is not yet known. The beach and cliffs were evacuated. People have been advised to avoid the area. Ch Insp Claire Phillips, of Dorset Police, said:

An air ambulance lands at the beach yesterday after a cliff jumper was seriously injured (Picture: Purbeck Police / SWNS)

A third tombstoner, also aged in his early 20s, is believed to have suffered a broken leg after jumping off the rocky arch and was taken to hospital by land ambulance.

Air ambulances landed at the scene and crowds of people were evacuated from the beach and surrounding cliff area.

On Saturday evening, Dorset Council said Durdle Door and nearby Lulworth Cove would be closed ‘until further notice’.

And on Sunday morning, the council tweeted that the roads to the popular sites remained closed.

A person jumps into the sea from Durdle Door, near Lulworth, despite Dorset Council announcing that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 31, 2020. See PA story POLICE DurdleDoor. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

A man jumps into the sea from Durdle Door (Picture: PA)

A person jumps into the sea from Durdle Door, near Lulworth, despite Dorset Council announcing that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 31, 2020. See PA story POLICE DurdleDoor. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

A man dives into the sea from Durdle Door just one day after three people were seriously injured doing the same thing (Picture: PA)

‘You will not be able to visit the beaches there and will be asked to turn around if you try and access the villages,’ the council said.

It said the measure would be reviewed on Monday but urged people to avoid the area ‘for now’.

Dorset Police tweeted: ‘Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove remain closed today along with approach roads to the area. Please do not travel as you will be turned away.’

On Saturday, a post on Poole Police’s Facebook page said the ‘critical incident’ had involved people jumping from the arch of Durdle Door into the sea.

‘The arch of Durdle Door is approximately 200 feet in height. Hitting water from that height, roughly 77mph, can be critical,’ it said.

‘This is further compounded by tides, currents and altering depth of the sea bed. It is NOT an appropriate location for this type of activity.’

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