'Daredevil ledge' collapses into ocean
Published 07/08/2010 | 05:00
A LEDGE at the Cliffs of Moher that was the scene of "idiotic" stunts that were recorded and posted on the internet has collapsed into the sea.
A large section of a one-metre wide edge on which tourists, locals and even cyclists have been photographed plunged into the Atlantic Ocean 700ft below.
The collapse of the ledge sparked fresh warnings about the dangers of stepping outside secure areas at the world-famous attraction.
In 2006, two mountain bikers dramatically and controversially cycled along the stretch of the cliff. At the time, their actions were widely condemned and criticised as "foolhardy" and "idiotic".
Photos of that stunt have appeared on a controversial Facebook page -- along with pictures of several people walking along the same ledge.
Earlier this week, the social networking site was asked to remove the photographs amid fears that they could encourage similar behaviour among visitors.
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience director Katherine Webster said: "This just goes to show how dangerous the cliffs can be if people don't stay within the safety zones. We have all seen the photographs of people walking and cycling along that ledge and now it is gone.
"It just highlights the fragility of the cliff edge and how large chunks of the cliff can fall away at any time.
"A large section of that ledge has now fallen into the sea in one of the many naturally occurring rock falls which take place at the cliffs.
"A few weeks ago, we caught the aftermath of a rockfall on camera. You can seen the dust rising more than halfway up the cliffs."
Doolin Coast Guard team-leader Mattie Shannon said: "I have seen for myself where the ledge which the cyclists and walkers were photographed has fallen to the sea. It just shows how dangerous the cliffs can be."