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WATCH: Coastguard issues warning after huge cliff collapse

WATCH: Coastguard issues warning after huge cliff collapse

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:34am 16th December 2018. (Updated at 12:29pm 16th December 2018)

The Coastguard has issued a warning after a massive cliff fall in north Cornwall was caught on camera. 

A huge chunk collapsed into the sea between Bude and Widemouth earlier this week.

Deborah Smith captured the dramatic moment on her mobile, as she was out to photograph the sunset.

She told ITV News Westcountry she started filming after noticing small bits of earth falling away.

"When it fell to the ground it was like a booming sound, almost like thunder as it cracked away from the side.

"As it fell it was a boom, crash, it was amazing and then I thought oh, maybe I do need to move away".

Deborah Smith

You can hear Deborah gasp in shock as the earth gives way, before shouting "I'm getting out of here"...

What is the safety advice from the Coastguard?

Speaking to ITV News Westcountry, a Coastguard spokesperson said the area is prone to cliff falls.

The main advice is to steer clear of the edge, as chunks can collapse with very little warning.

  • Stay well back from the edge
  • Keep an eye on children and dogs to make sure they do the same
  • Make sure you are properly equipped for walking along coastal paths
  • Wear sturdy shoes or boots
  • Obey any warning signs and don’t climb fences to get to the edge of the cliff
  • Don’t attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so
  • Don’t attempt to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top
  • Be responsible and don’t take unnecessary risks or let other people in your group do so.

You can read more safety advice from HM Coastguard here.

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