Saturday, May 5, 2012

United Kingdom: British Walker Falls 160 Feet from Cliff on Lizard Peninsula, Dies

Tragically, a Briton, 52, walking with his wife on Friday (May 4) at Mullion, on the Lizard Peninsula, apparently slipped on a cliff path and fell some 160 feet to his death.

Although it is unknown whether recent wet weather played a role in the man's fall. Yet, heavy rain has hit the region very hard in the last week.

COMMENT: The victim, understood to be from Basingstoke, Hampshire, was on holiday in the area with his family. He was subsequently airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, where he was pronounced dead.

Needless to say, it is unwise to walk on wet and potentially slippery terrain, particularly in elevated areas where there is the risk of losing one's grip.

Cornwall is situated in southwestern England and is a unitary authority and ceremonial county of England, within the UK. It is bordered to the north and west by the Celtic Sea, to the south by the English Channel, and to the east by the county of Devon, over the River Tamar. Cornwall has a population of 537,400 and covers an area of 3,563 km2 (1,376 sq mi).

The Lizard Peninsula is unique. Stunningly beautiful at any time of the year, there is nowhere quite like it anywhere else in Britain. It is for this reason that the Lizard has been a continuing source of inspiration for artists and writers. Almost surrounded by the sea, the peninsula stands alone, in a very real sense, from the rest of the county. In a line from London to Land’s End, the backbone of Cornwall is a route to somewhere.

The Lizard. Not a cross-roads, a junction, or a place to drive through, but a journey’s end, a destination. Standing proud in the sea, the peninsula presents a rugged face to the elements, yet paradoxically the climate is probably the warmest in Britain. The air is crisp, clear and unpolluted by industry. The rocks and cliffs of the coastline offer shelter to the tiny fishing villages huddled into their coves, looking now much as they did centuries ago.