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Selfie warning as tail end of Storm Hannah hits

Selfie warning as tail end of Storm Hannah hits

Published by Emma Carton at 7:31am 27th April 2019.

A warning about so-called storm selfies is going out as the tail end of Storm Hannah hits Cornwall.

A Met Office yellow alert for gales of up to 70mph will remain in force until 3pm on Saturday.

The weather is expected to cause possible power cuts, travel disruption and whip up huge waves.

What is the RNLI's warning?

The RNLI has issued a 'High Surf Warning' for the north coast and exposed parts of the south.

Its alert is in force until 6pm on Saturday, as the charity predicts waves of over 3m in the Duchy.

People are being urged not to get too close to the coast, especially not for the sake of a photo.

"Storm Hannah is fast approaching and could bring dangerous sea conditions. Keep safe - stay back, stay high and stay dry".

RNLI

The RNLI shared this video when Storm Gareth hit back in March and the advice still stands...

What is the safety advice during Storm Hannah?

The RNLI is urging people to stick to life-guarded beaches this weekend and follow the flags.

Lifeguard patrolled beaches include Praa Sands, Sennen Cove, Porthmeor, Hayle, Gwithian, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Fistral, Towan, Watergate, Harlyn, Constantine, Polzeath, Widemouth Bay, Summerleaze, Croyde and Woolacombe on Saturday 27th April.

  • If you see someone struggling in the water at the coast, do not go in after them - you may get into trouble yourself. Instead call 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard.
  • If you are in trouble in cold water, fight your instinct to swim hard or thrash about as this could lead to breathing in water and drowning. Instead, relax and FLOAT on your back, until you have regained control of your breathing.

You can read more sea safety advice from the RNLI here or watch how to 'Float to Live'...

 

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