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RNLI warns public to stay away from cliff edges.

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A warning has been issued by the RNLI for the public to stay away from cliff edges across beaches on the North Coast.

The harsh winter storms have had a large impact on the beaches, creating unstable sand cliffs at the Whiterocks, East Strand in Portrush and Portstewart Strand.



RNLI lifeguard manager Mike Grocott is asking the public to be mindful of the changes ahead of making a visit.

“Winter storms have taken their toll on the make-up of some of the beaches this year, particularly at Whiterocks, Portrush East and Portstewart, and many people returning to these favourite spots may be surprised at how different everything looks.

“This includes significant erosion of the sand dunes where gentle slopes have washed away leaving sheer sand cliffs, some of which are up to 18 feet high.

“Access points have been altered and on some beaches the shifting sand has left deep channels that in turn create strong rip currents.

“We would encourage anyone planning a trip to one of these beaches to put safety first and be mindful that these sand cliffs are falling away and may be unstable. The best advice is to stay away from the sand cliff edges and bases.”

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