A photo of a dramatic rock fall at the Cliffs of Moher is being used by the visitor center as a warning to those who often attempt to pose for photos or lean over the edge.
Although there are signs along the cliffs that read “Please do not go beyond this point,” they are ignored by many tourists, some of whom are known to crawl out to the edge to get that perfect snap.
This video captured by Jan Mlázovský might put them off that idea:
The official Cliffs of Moher Facebook page labeled it "a spectacular shot captured by Jan Mlázovský … which truly captures the sheer power of Mother Nature."
In a statement the Cliffs of Moher tourism group said, “The credit must all go to Jan for capturing this truly remarkable footage which illustrates quite clearly of the perils of Cliff walking too close to the edge.”
Deaths on the cliffs are not uncommon and local authorities discourage walking to the edge or crawling to look over. Other rock falls were captured on camera in 2009 and 2010.
The authority said, “Our message is stay well back from the edge and adhere to the signs near our visitor center and prompts from our specialized Ranger Staff. We have 750 meters of safe walkways and viewing platforms from which to enjoy the cliffs.
"Occasionally there are high winds or other hazardous weather conditions at the Cliffs of Moher and we follow the Met Éireann weather warning protocols.
"If visiting during periods of high winds, visitors are asked to follow the warning signs at the entrance to the coach and public car parks."
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The Cliffs of Moher coastal walk was officially opened in 2013 and his now the second most visited tourist attraction in Ireland, next to the Guinness Storehouse.
In April 2000 two abseilers were killed, and a third critically injured, when the rock face they were climbing on collapsed. The accident happened at Aill Na Searrach, north of O’Brien’s Tower. The cliffs at that point are over 600 feet high.
Two daredevil cyclists also made the news after they were photographed cycling along a narrow ledge on the cliffs. Four years later that ledge had collapsed.
In October 2006, Hans Rey and Steve Peat cycled along a 20-meter long, one-meter wide ledge.
The stunt was captured by Irish photographer Victor Lucas. Their antics were labeled as “totally reckless and irresponsible” by Clare County Council while the stunt was also slammed by the Irish Coast Guard.
Mlázovský’s recent video certainly shows that mother nature should not be messed with.