HM Coastguard is warning people to stay well away from cliff edges and the bottom of cliffs following a spate of recent rainy weather resulting in unstable areas near the coast and sea.
At Whipsiderry Beach near Newquay, Cornwall there was a cliff fall on Sunday (7th February). Sadly, the rocks fell on a family dog burying it under the rubble and narrowly missing the owner who was warned by another member of the public that the cliff was about to give way for a second time.
Elsewhere, in Aycliffe, Kent, a group of five people were warned to move away from cliff edges following a recent cliff fall. A further cliff fall at Scratby in Norfolk was also reported to the Coastguard. A large gap, which has now been cordoned off by coastguards, opened up in the coastal path between Seaford Head and Hope Gap in Seaford, East Sussex.
In Whitehaven, West Cumbria, a large boulder became dislodged from the cliff and has fallen onto the path above Saltom Bay.
A spokesperson from Whitehaven Coastguard said: "Whilst pieces of the cliff eroding is normal, we would urge members of the public to remain vigilant and be mindful of all potential hazards, whilst out enjoying our lovely coastal environment."
Dai Jones, Coastguard Duty Controller said: “If you’re lucky enough to live near the coast and be in a position to take your exercise there in line with local COVID-19 restrictions, please do be careful near cliffs. Some of them are really unstable at the moment and could easily collapse. Stay well back, wear appropriate sturdy footwear and ensure that you check tide times and the weather before setting out. If you or someone else is in difficulty call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”