Brit beachgoers handed urgent warning over killer sand dunes at tourist hotspot

Sun-chasing Brits looking to enjoy one of the county's most popular beaches are being warned that a huge part of it is a no-go area.

The beach on the coast of the village of Crantock near Newquay is normally packed full of people looking to enjoy the hot weather.

But officials from the RNLI are warning that a huge 20metre high sand dune is in danger of collapsing.

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The huge dune now has a cordon around it, stretching out around 50 metres from the base, with the risk of danger being put at the “life-threatening” level.

RNLI lead lifeguard supervisor for Newquay, Lewis Timson said: “With the dry weather and surf of three to four foot expected the nature of the sand dune system is predicted to shift and remain unstable for the foreseeable future and risks collapse at any time.

“Sand is extremely heavy, and in the event of the dune collapsing, there is an increased danger of becoming buried with potentially life-threatening consequences.”

“With the change in direction of the river at Crantock which has increased the risk of rip currents in the water, I advise anyone visiting the beach to keep well clear from the dune system, swim between the red and yellow flags and please speak to our lifeguards if you have any concerns or questions.”

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And the warning was backed up by the National Trust.

They have now placed a yellow notice on their website to warn about the dangers of the dune.

A spokesman said: “Following the recent weather and spring tides, we’re asking visitors to take extra care around the dune system at Crantock beach.

“Please stay clear from the base of the sand cliffs and do not allow children to play near them.”

The RNLI is urging anyone who sees someone in trouble in the area to call 999 for emergency help.

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