Telehandler fills in beach hole as warning issued

People have been urged not to dig deep holes on beaches after a telehandler was needed to fill one in.

HM Coastguard Padstow shared photos of the 8ft (2.4m) deep, 9ft (2.7m) wide hole on Tregirls beach, in Cornwall, along with a warning of the dangers it posed.

It said: "The fact that a telehandler is required to fill this particular one in speaks volumes about the danger it presents."

The service said the hole had been dug by hand and added sand holes could cause deaths.

It said: "The potential for it to cause injury to the unwary, or to collapse in on children exploring it should not be underestimated.

"Sand hole collapses can cause fatalities."

The service thanked Charlie Watson Smyth from Padstow Farm for filling in the hole and Sean Porter for bringing it to their attention.

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