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Cornwall's Beach Warning

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:15pm 2nd April 2014.

A safety warning goes out over Cornwall's beaches.

It is after the storms shifted sand leaving sheer drops and also altering rip currents.

Perranporth has lost about 40 metres outside the Watering Hole.

Tom Job is from the pub: "We've definitely noticed there've been shifts in sandbanks as there would be, they shift every year. But this year they've shifted even more and obviously Perranporth's already known to be one of the most dangerous beaches in the UK.

"We've had stepping stones there for the last two or three weeks which has been an interesting way to come over the beach but that obviously restricts disabled access and elderly people are very vulnerable to getting over the rocks."

Warning Sign

The RNLI is asking us to take extra care in the water and not to let children play on or under the sand banks.

Steve Instance, RNLI Senior Lifeguard Manager for the South West said: 'The winter storms have dramatically changed the make-up of most the beaches and many returning to their favourite spots may be surprised at how different everything looks. This includes significant erosion of the sand dunes where gentle slopes have washed away leaving sheer sand cliffs, some of which are 10 to 15 feet high. . On other beaches access points have altered and on some the shifting sand has left deep channels that in turn create strong rip currents.

"We'd urge anyone planning on swimming over the Easter holidays to head to a lifeguarded beach and ensure that they swim between the red and yellow flags, which mark out the safest area to swim and are patrolled by lifeguards. Please take heed of the safety signage and any advice offered by the lifeguards on duty.

"The large cliffs of sand may look enticing play grounds for young children, but please do not allow them to play on or dig into them. As the weather gets warmer and dryer the sand is at risk of collapsing, trapping anyone on or below it. Cliff paths have also been left unstable and walkers are encouraged to stick to the marked paths.

"By highlighting the dangers before visitors arrive at the beach, we hope that we can avoid potential incidents and everyone can enjoy their time on the beach in safety."

For more beach safety information and advice, visit www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety

Photos: RNLI
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