The Initial Response Team , the ‘IRT’ was tasked to investigate a mudslide at the steps that access the beach at St Gabriel’s, 3km east of Charmouth. On arrival it was found that the bottom steps had been swept aside by the mud and access to the remaining steps would require a 3 metre wade through ankle-deep mud. The area was checked over to ensure that nobody was injured or that any livestock had been caught in the slide.
Members of the public are urged to check tide times carefully and make sure they allow plenty of time to leave the beach if the tide is coming in. St Gabriel’s steps are the only access point on to the beach for 2km to the east and west. With the steps difficult to access, extra care should be taken.