Beach warning as 15ft waves head for UK with no lifeguards on duty

An urgent safety alert has been issued to people flocking to the beaches during this party weekend.

Despite concerns about an increase in coronavirus cases caused by a lack of social distance, thousands have spent yesterday in seaside resorts and popular hotspots in England.

And it is expected to do the same today and during the party weekend, it reports The mirror.

But people heading to beaches in the southwest, including Cornwall and Devon, have been warned to take extra care, as dangerous 15-foot waves are expected.

A big swell arriving with a combination of spring tide and good weather is expected to hit the beaches of the south of England and Wales on Friday afternoon.

Since no lifeguards are on duty and the restrictions on locking have not been relaxed, the situation has been described as a “recipe for disaster” and people have been told to “stay out of the water” on Friday afternoon.

Steve Instance, RNLI leader for Southwest flood risk management, said, “This surf forecast is of great concern to the north coasts of Devon and Cornwall.

A normal morning burn will reach over 15 feet in a few hours.

“Combined with incoming spring tide and no lifeguards, this could be a disaster recipe. Stay out of the water on Friday afternoon.”

He added: “This morning warning signs around the north coast of Devon and Cornwall for the dangerous surf coming this afternoon.

“Please stay out of the water, the emergency teams are currently tense enough.”

Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Inspector Neil Ralph advised beachgoers: “Pay attention to this warning and keep in mind that there are no lifeguards.”

CARVE surf magazine said the swell is expected to increase significantly between 9am and noon through Saturday.

It warns, “It’s a long, long period of swell, so arbitrary set waves and strong pulses can arrive.”

It says community groups are trying to fill gaps with observation and advisory patrols but have enlisted the help of the surf community to keep potential victims of tidal blasts, cracks and people out of the depths.

It says, “Please share this post so we can get it out. One tragedy is too much.”


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