Beachgoers branded 'idiots' for sitting below Crantock Beach unstable sand dunes

Crantock Beach's unstable sand dunes
-Credit: (Image: Gemma Bevan)


A family of beachgoers have been branded "idiots abroad" after setting up camp below some dangerously unstable dunes. The family, including several children, were pictured precariously close to the dunes on Crantock Beach, near Newquay.

Gemma Bevan, who captured images of the group, couldn't believe what she was seeing, saying there were signs out warning of the dangers too that were seemingly ignored. It comes following a series of warnings and even a beach closure over the dangers of collapsing dunes in the area.

In October, the main access to the beach was closed off with the National Trust and the RNLI warning people to stay well away. One route was taped off and warning signs were put in place too, because of the steep drop created by eroding dunes.

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Sending pictures to CornwallLive, Ms Bevan called them "idiots abroad", saying: "Please can you share the dangers of collapsing dunes with our seasonal visitors. I have utterly no words other than are they oblivious to such danger they pose to themselves and those who rescue them. There are even signs out."

In June last year, the RNLI put out a stark warning over the dunes collapsing saying they posed a risk of death and people could be buried alive. if they got too close. Not to be taken lightly, the rescue charity warned people not to mess around on dunes or risk being trapped under the sand.

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Crantock Beach
The group were sitting precariously below the unstable dunes -Credit:Gemma Bevan

The Crantock Surf Life Saving Club has also emphasised the dangers repeatedly. It issued yet another stark warning last summer, saying there is a "sheer risk of sand fall and suffocation" to people playing in the dunes.

Patrol members and the RNLI in Newquay were forced to provide "numerous" advisories to people sliding down and digging in the dunes during the 2023 season. "We absolutely cannot emphasise enough how dangerous this is," the club said.

Crantock Beach
Signs in place on the beach -Credit:Gemma Bevan

"Whilst it looks fun to play on or sit under the dunes and may in the past have been much safer, the instability of the dunes is significantly more dangerous than ever before. As it currently stands even a relatively minor injury on the dunes, if it requires medical attention, would instigate a response from multiple emergency services due to the sheer risk of sand fall and suffocation."

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