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'Storm selfie' warning as monster waves hit Cornwall

'Storm selfie' warning as monster waves hit Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 2:54pm 2nd November 2019. (Updated at 3:24pm 2nd November 2019)

Archive photo of storm waves in Penzance: Peter Halliday

Coastguards have issued a safety warning as the gales hit Cornwall, about so-called storm selfies.

We are being urged not to get too close to the coast as the strong winds whip up huges waves.

Photos show massive swells sweeping in at places like Mullion, Porthleven and Sennen on Saturday.

Earlier this week, seven Coastguard rescue teams were called to a string of incidents in the space of 24 hours.

They included cars pictured driving along coastal and tidal roads as the storm waves hit.

The latest Met Office weather warning for strong winds has been stood down, but gusts are still expected until tonight.

"There are a number of things we advise people about when bad weather hits the UK. 

"We always advise people to check the weather and tidal conditions before they set out anyway so they can prepare accordingly and even consider whether they should be going out at all.

"Storms and high tides can make the coast incredibly treacherous. Don't be tempted to put yourself at risk - a few miles of diversion is better than disaster. 

"If you're on the coastline, however dramatic the storm looks, do not be tempted to take pictures by putting yourself at risk. 

"A dramatic photograph or selfie is not worth risking your life for. 

"Walkers should consider whether they could become cut off by the incoming tide and should not attempt to climb cliffs as shortcut back to the top. 

"Don't take risks, but if you do get into trouble or see someone else in difficulty call 999 and ask for the Coastguard".

Coastal Operations Area Commander, Martin Leslie

You can follow all the latest weather related incidents on Pirate FM's live blog here.

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