Durdle Door cliff death: Woman dies after falling 100ft from Dorset beauty spot on Monday
The woman who fell 100ft to her death off a cliff at a coastal beauty
The woman who fell 100ft to her death off a cliff at a coastal beauty spot after attempting to take a ‘short cut’ to the beach has been named as a Birmingham mother-of-five.
Tahira Jabeen, who was in her 40s, is believed to have died in front of her adult daughter, as they walked near to Durdle Door in Dorset.
Witnesses say Ms Jabeen was attempting to take a ‘short cut’ to the beach at the popular tourist site when she fell.
She was heard to shout ‘I’m coming down’, before losing her footing and plunging to Man O’ War Beach below, where she died.
A friend posted online today: ‘A caring and jolly person lost her life in such a tragic accident. A much loved and missed wonderful lady with a heart of gold Tahira Jabeen lost her life after falling from a cliff in Dorset while making memories with her daughter. Leaving behind five beautiful girls who will not be able to replace her.
‘A much loved person by many. Always happy and smiling. She will truly be missed by everyone that knew her. In loving memory of a very dear friend and colleague, rest in peace. Gone but not forgotten.’
A witness to the horrifying incident said: ‘The woman was about 20 metres down the cliff when she fell. She chose to climb down the rocks while her daughter took the steps.
Ms Jabeen was called a ‘caring and jolly person who lost her life in such a tragic accident’
Another tribute to the mother said she was ‘Always happy and smiling’ and be truly missed’
‘People on the cliff and on the beach were shouting at her to stay still but she didn’t listen and carried on.
‘The rocks were coming loose under feet then she just bounced down. The woman’s daughter saw her fall. It is just awful.’
The incident took place while the beach was packed with people on Monday – the hottest day of the year so far.
Coastguards and police officers rushed there and kept members of the public back while paramedics tried to save her but she was pronounced dead at the scene at about 3.30pm.
Another woman, thought to be the victim’s daughter, was also treated by ambulance crews for shock.
A witness said they had earlier climbed to the top of the rock formation and were making their way down at the time.
Eleanor Edwards, who was visiting Durdle Door when she say the incident, said: ‘She was climbing down the cliff thinking she could get to the beach.
‘Everyone was telling her to stop and there was nothing anyone could do. It was extremely saddening to witness.’
Tourist Rachel Williams said that she heard the woman shout ‘I’m coming down, I’m coming down’ and that many people on the beach told her to stay where she was.
Witness Michelle Attard saw the aftermath of the accident as she left the beach on the Durdle Door side of the cliff.
She said: ‘We saw the unfortunate sight of the poor woman lying at bottom of the cliff at Man O’ War beach with a couple of paramedics around her.
‘There was another lady who was laying there being tended to, she looked quite traumatised. It was very, very unfortunate.’
James Weld, from the Lulworth Estate, which owns the land around Durdle Door, said he had been told that the woman had ‘ignored warning signs telling people not to climb the cliffs’.
He said: ‘The reports we have received would suggest that this was a tragic accident as a woman attempted to climb down the cliffs above Man O’ War beach, despite many endeavouring to call to her to stop and stay where she was.
‘Whatever the circumstances, such a tragedy affects us all and our hearts go out to her family.
‘Our car parks and routes to the coast have warning signs to stay away from the cliffs and to avoid sitting directly beneath them.
‘We would re-emphasise our safety messages for visitors to respect the inherent risks of our natural environment whether the sea or the cliffs themselves.
Witnesses say Ms Jabeen was attempting to take a ‘short cut’ to the beach at the popular tourist site when she fell. She was heard to shout out ‘I’m coming down’ before losing her footing and plunging to Man O’ War Beach (pictured: Library image) below
The incident near Durdle Door (pictured: Library image) happened at 3.07pm on Monday and police are now investigating the circumstances of this death which is not believed to be suspicious
‘Far too regularly warning signs are ignored, even when reminded by our Rangers, on occasions leading to unnecessary and tragic consequences when they have come to enjoy the Dorset coastline.’
In recent years the Durdle Door landmark on the Jurassic Coast has become a hugely popular with thrillseekers, selfie-takers and Instgrammers as well as beachgoers.
Last summer two young men were seriously injured while tombstoning 200ft off the top of the rocky archway.
In April, two basejumpers were slammed for filming themselves making the same jump into the sea using parachutes.
A selfie-taker who risked his life to get a picture of himself perched on top of the same cliffs where yesterday’s tragedy occurred also came in for criticism.
And two weeks ago a teenage had to be rescued by coastguards after getting stuck climbing down the steep grassy cliff above Durdle Door.
A spokeswoman for Dorset Police said: ‘At 3.07pm on Monday Dorset Police received a report that a woman had fallen from a cliff at Durdle Door near Lulworth.
‘Officers attended together with other emergency services colleagues. Sadly, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
‘Officers are investigating the circumstances of this tragic incident.’
A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: ‘Lulworth and Kimmeridge Coastguard rescue teams, along with the coastguard helicopter from Lee-on-Solent were sent along with South Western Ambulance and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service and Dorset Police.’
A spokeswoman for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that fire crews from Bere Regis, Dorchester and Weymouth were at the scene to support emergency services.
She said: ‘We were called at 3.14pm after reports that someone had fallen from height at Man O’War beach.
‘We have crews from Bere Regis and Dorchester in attendance, along with a technical rescue team from Weymouth.’
A spokesperson for Dorset Police said the victim’s next of kin have been informed and they are carrying out investigations on behalf of the coroner.
They confirmed that the death is not being treated as suspicious.