Sign to warn people of Exmouth beach sink hole danger

PUBLISHED: 16:30 31 July 2015

Members of EDDC's Streetscene team investigating the sink hole on Exmouth beach

Members of EDDC's Streetscene team investigating the sink hole on Exmouth beach


A permanent sign will be erected to warn people to stay away from the area of a sink hole which keeps reappearing on Exmouth beach.

There have been sightings of the giant hole in the sand near Orcombe Point on several occasions earlier this year.

Last month, the area of the hole was cordoned off while engineers tried to find out whether it was dangerous.

The hole, measuring six foot wide and more than six foot deep, reappeared last week following a spell of heavy rain.

The hole then disappeared over the weekend.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) will erecting a permanent warning sign.

The council is urging people to be responsible for their own safety and the welfare of their pets when using the beach near Orcombe Point.

An EDDC spokesman said: “This is nature taking its course and there is nothing practical that we can do to prevent this happening on the beach. However - in the interests of public safety, which remains one of our key priorities - due to the unstable nature of the sink hole, we strongly advise all beach users to avoid the sink hole and the area surrounding it.

“In particular, we recommend that all dog owners keep their pets under control and away from the sink hole in the interests of their animals’ safety.”

Exmouth man Steve Harcus, who walks past the area everyday, believes there could be an accident in the future if something is not done.

He said: “I first noticed it back in March – if we get some heavy rain it seems to appear.

“You can see there is something going on there and I pushed a stick in the sand.

“The water in the hole was actually bubbling – the hole seems to be getting bigger every time.”

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