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Warnings over 'unstable cliffs' at Cornish beach

Warnings over 'unstable cliffs' at Cornish beach

Published by Emma Carton at 7:00am 15th September 2019.

A warning has been issued after people were seen 'behaving irresponsibly' near to 'unstable cliffs' in Cornwall.

Friends of Portheras Cove shared these photos on social media last week, after boulders fell onto the beach.

In one of the pictures, children can be seen close to the base of the cliffs.

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A warning has been issued after people were seen 'behaving irresponsibly' near to 'unstable cliffs' in Cornwall. Photo: Friends of Portheras Cove

In another, a man has scaled part of the cliff to retrieve his kite.

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Photos show children close to the base of cliffs and a man scaling a cliff face to retrieve his kite. Photo: Friends of Portheras Cove

The group says the cliff faces at Portheras and Boat Cover are unstable and boulders regularly fall down.

They are urging beach-goers to take extra care and stay well away.

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Friends of Portheras Cove has shared the pictures as a warning, after reports of recent rocks falls in the area. Photo: Friends of Portheras Cove

"Please be aware that (as the signage clearly states) the cliff-faces at Portheras and Boat Cove are unstable and rocks and boulders fall down regularly (two this week).

"Keeping away from the areas at the base of the cliffs is advised at all times.

"Behaving irresponsibly, as the people in these photos are doing, is quite astonishing.

"Heed the warning signs - we do not want to be finding the horrific consequences of this foolishness... litter is bad enough".

Friends of Portheras Cove

What is the safety advice?

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Friends of Portheras Cove says the cliffs in the area are unstable all year round and people need to stick to the warnings. Photo: Friends of Portheras Cove

Advice from CoastSafe for staying safe:

  • Let someone know where you are going and what time you are likely to be back - mobile phone reception is patchy on the coast
  • Informal paths leading to beaches can be dangerous and are best avoided
  • If you are crossing a beach, make sure you know the tide times so you won’t be cut off. Go to: BBC Tide Tables
  • Keep to the path and stay away from cliff edges - please follow advisory signs and waymarks.

Whilst it is tempting to go close to cliff edges to peer over you should stay back from them:

  • As a slip or trip could be fatal
  • Some cliffs overhang or are unstable and this is not always obvious

Take special care of children and dogs and look after them at all times.

  • Keep your dog under close control – chasing a seagull over the edge of a cliff could have disastrous consequences
  • Children may not see potential dangers – such as cliff edges - especially if they are excited

Dress sensibly for the terrain and weather. To enjoy your walk, stay within your fitness level – some sections of the Coast Path can be strenuous and/or remote.

  • Find out about the section you plan to walk
  • Turn back if the walk is too strenuous for anyone in your group
  • Remember that in remote areas or at quiet times you may not see another person for some time if you are in difficulties
  • Take a phone with you
  • In an emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

To help the emergency services locate you quickly they need to know where you are, so:

  • Learn to read a map to be able to accurately report your position – visit Ordnance survey .co.uk or download the OS Locate app for smartphones.
  • Look out for the small signs with the location and grid reference that are on many fingerposts and signs along the path.

You can read more safety advice here.

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