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Big waves spark warning around Cornwall's coast

Big waves spark warning around Cornwall's coast

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:01pm 23rd December 2019.

A warning has gone out about big waves causing over-topping around the coast of Cornwall.

The wet and windy weather is expected to cause hazards around our coastline for the next few days.

On Sunday, CoastSafe issued a warning to people to take extra care with the big seas.

Photos of big storm waves have also been doing the rounds on social media in the Duchy.

"Big seas running around our coastlines today.

"Please treat the natural environment with the respect it deserves.

"With seas like these, tide times can vary & accelerate the rate of an incoming tide.

"In any coastal emergency dial 999 & ask for the coastguard."


Advice for staying safe when cliff walking:

The cliffs tops on the Cornish coast are mainly on the South West Coast Path.

The organisations responsible for managing the Coast Path have developed these guidelines to help you have a safe walk. Please read and always follow them.

    • 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 ans 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.

To avoid getting cut off by the tide do not take risks:

  • Go exploring when the tide is going out.
  • Never go alone and tell someone where you are going
  • Make sure you have time to get back and know when the tide is going to be coming in. Check the tide timetables BBC Tide Tables, ask a lifeguard or tourist information or check out lifeguarded beaches
  • Make sure you know where all the exits are.
  • While on the beach keep an eye on which direction the tide is heading. Walking further up the beach may not be an option, the water can come in along channels and block your way. If the cove you are in doesn’t have access of its own you could be in trouble.
  • Don’t try to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top.
  • Take your phone with you so you can call for help if there is a signal.

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