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Warning to swimmers in Cornwall

Warning to swimmers in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:45pm 18th May 2020.

HM Coastguard has issued a warning to potential swimmers to be careful in the sea. 

The emergency service says people have been seen swimming off Loe Bar Beach near Porthleven, Cornwall. 

However the Coastguard service points out Loe Bar Beach is dangerous.

“Loe Bar near Porthleven has a well earned reputation for being remote and treacherous and sadly, over the years several lives have been lost. 

Do not go into the water along this section of beach.

Read the warning signs that are clearly visible.”

HM Costguard Area 11 Cornwall 

In addition to this Loe Bar is also understandably without a lifeguard, therefore putting yourself and others at immense risk.

The combination of powerful waves, a steep slippery shingle bank and vicious currents make it a very dangerous stretch of beach.

However, if you take care and are sensible you can enjoy the beautiful scenery from a safe distance away from the water.

HM Coastguard go on to say “In England, now more than ever, please respect the sea and the coast”. 

“Whether you’re local or not, whatever your ability or experience in your chosen sport or leisure activity, the sea can still catch you out and be unmerciful when it does.”

“Beaches might not be lifeguarded.” 

“As always, if you get into trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard and we will come to your aid.”

“But coronavirus hasn’t gone away and we all need to follow the rules.”

“Remember your choices might put people, including yourself and frontline responders, at risk.”


If you see someone doing something you feel is dangerous near the coast or sea, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

More updates for Cornwall from HM Coastguard can be found by clicking here.

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