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Four calls to people in danger at Cornish pier in 24 hours

Four calls to people in danger at Cornish pier in 24 hours

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 10th August 2019. (Updated at 9:56am 10th August 2019)

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People are being urged to stay safe around Cornwall's coast in the stormy weather as big waves hit.

It has been revealed that emergency services were called out four times in 24 hours to people 'putting themselves in danger' at Porteath pier.

The incidents happened mid-week but CoastSafe shared the warning as more strong winds hit Cornwall.

The team says there was considerable swell and is urging parents to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing.

"This is dangerous and puts lives at risk and also those lives of the emergency services tasked to undertake a rescue."


It comes as another storm warning hits Cornwall with gales of up to 60mph forecast to sweep the coast on Saturday.

The yellow weather alert is in force for the whole of the day and the Met Office says it could cause big waves, traffic trouble and power problems.

What to expect:

  • Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges, with some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport expected with fallen trees possible
  • Some short term loss of power and other services

"Unseasonably strong southwesterly winds are expected to cause some disruption, with gusts over 40 mph quite widely inland. 

"Gusts over 50 mph are possible across parts of central and south-eastern England, particularly in association with showers. 

"Gusts in excess of 60 mph are likely around coasts of Bristol Channel, English Channel and through the Strait of Dover."

Met Office

The RNLI has also issued an urgent sea safety warning for the Duchy.

The charity is urging people to take extra care on the coasts, warning that some beaches could be red-flagged.

What is the advice from the RNLI?

  • The severe weather will create challenging conditions around the coastline with associated tidal surges, large surf and strong rip currents.
  • People heading to the coast are, as usual, being urged to go to a lifeguarded beach and seek the advice of the lifeguards who will be assessing the conditions and advising on safety.
  • It is very likely that swimming, bodyboarding or surfing will not be safe during this time.
  • Anglers, coastal walkers and those taking photographs are reminded to keep a safe distance from the water.
  • You might also see an orange windsock at an RNLI life-guarded beach this weekend, which signals that there are offshore or strong winds and inflatables should not be used as they could easily be dragged out to sea.

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