Photographs have emerged this afternoon of people climbing around Mussenden Temple that is perched on the edge of a 150 foot cliff overlooking Downhill Strand.
Commenting Independent Councillor William McCandless said ;
“It has been brought to my attention that people were climbing around the cliff face at Mussenden temple earlier today. One slip here and it would be fatal.
“This is a highly dangerous dare or game and I would appeal to these young people to stop it. This is of grave concern to The Coastguard and other blue light services and is a worry they don’t need and detracts them from genuine emergencies.
“I would also appeal to parents, please check what your children are up to when not under your supervision.
A spokesperson for HM Coastguard said ;
“Please refrain from any activity that will put yourself in danger. It’s not worth losing your life for a photo.
“If you see anyone in difficulty on cliffs or around the coast, dial 999 COASTGUARD”
The temple was built in 1785 and forms part of the Downhill Demesne. The demesne was formerly part of the estate of Frederick, 4th Earl of Bristol, who served as the Church of Ireland Lord Bishop of Derry from 1768 until 1803.
Photo : Coleraine Coastguard