Emergency services give warning to holidaymakers on coastline dangers
A large number of incidents on the Westcountry coastline in recent weeks has led to a reminder from the emergency services on the importance of keeping safe when in and around the coast.
Just this week, emergency services have responded to a spate of potentially life threatening situations in the region.
In one tragic incident, holidaymaker Peter Ivimey, 52, died after being pulled out of the sea unconscious after encountering difficulties as he tried to catch a lobster at Prussia Cove, in West Cornwall, on Thursday.
While in North Cornwall on Tuesday, four teenagers were winched to safety, after getting in to difficulty after exploring Merlin's Cave below the ruins of Tintagel Castle.
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Dave Jackson, a station manager for Land's End Cliff Search and Rescue Team, with more than 40 years of experience, said: "It is very much busier this time of year. You get a lot of people, who will wear things like flip-flops on coastal footpaths or people often go too close to the cliff edge doing things, like taking photographs. It is advisable to let the coastguard know where you are going and what time you are expected back."
Several beachgoers have been caught out by on-rushing tides, requiring rescue from the RNLI or coastguard, including two teenagers who had become stranded on Broadstand Beach, in North Devon, on Tuesday.
Mr Jackson added: "If you go to beaches make sure that you know whether the tide is going in or out, or whether it is a spring tide or a neap tide."
Jo Rawlings from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said: "Cliff edges can be dangerous during daylight hours as they can be slippery and prone to erosion. Do not attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so."