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Storm Jorge: 'Selfie warning' goes out for Cornwall

Storm Jorge: 'Selfie warning' goes out for Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 9:34am 29th February 2020. (Updated at 8:23pm 29th February 2020)

Archive photo of storm waves in Penzance: Peter Halliday

Emergency service 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 Storm Jorge sweeps in with strong winds.

The Met Office says gusts of up to 70mph could whip up huge waves along the Duchy's coastline.

The a yellow-level severe weather warning will now remain in force until 9am on Sunday.

Both CoastSafe and the RNLI have posted warnings on social media, reminding people that no photo is worth a life.

"Storm Jorge hits our shores this weekend. If storm watching, please consider your own safety and the safety of those charged with a Search and Rescue effort should things go wrong.

"No photo is worth a life.

"Stay Back, Stay High, Stay Safe.

"Coastal Emergency = 999 Coastguard".

Devon and Cornwall CoastSafe

"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 read more safety advice from the RNLI here, including what to do if you end up in the water unexpectedly.

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