Exmouth beach cordoned off after appearance of mystery hole

PUBLISHED: 13:02 03 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:02 03 July 2015

HM Coastguard

HM Coastguard

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A section of Exmouth beach was cordoned off by the coastguard after a two-metre-wide hole appeared in the sand.

At around 12.45pm on Thursday a member of the public contacted the Exmouth Coastguard about a large hole that appeared on the beach near Orcombe Point.

Upon arrival the coastguard confirmed the hole was around 15 foot wide and was filled with water.

The coastguard said the sand around the hole was also soft, with fresh holes appearing nearby.

A civil engineer from East Devon District Council (EDDC) decided to increase the cordon as there was concerns the hole may be ‘indicative’ of a larger chamber under the sand.

EDDC is warning dog walkers and bathers to avoid the cordoned area.

A spokesman for EDDC said: “A section of Exmouth beach is to be cordoned off as a precaution after a hole has appeared near Orcombe Point.

“Council engineers are currently on site investigating and report that the sand around the hole is soft underfoot.

“They will continue to monitor the situation over the weekend and between tides.

“Heavy rain yesterday may be the cause of the hole – a natural phenomena – to have opened up.”


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