People warned not to ‘risk their lives’ by visiting Porthcawl to take pictures of Storm Ciara

As Storm Ciara batters Wales, people have been asked not to go to an iconic section of the Welsh coastline to take pictures.

Porthcawl is one of the areas of south Wales where high winds routinely batter the coastline and whip up impressive waves and as a result people head there to watch storms.

But people are being warned not to risk their lives by going to take pictures.

The RNLI has asked people to instead stay at home and if they want to see the crashing waves using the 24-hour live stream.

The website also shows the latest wind speed and direction, rainfall, temperature, tide times and tide height.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Phil Missen said: “The intention of this webcam was to make our coastline safer for those who use the sea, beaches and coastal walks but also show some spectacular views, especially during stormy weather.

“I’m confident that giving people access to these dramatic scenes from their living rooms helps discourage people from putting themselves at risk. I’d certainly encourage people this weekend to watch the waves crashing safely via our cam and not put themselves in any danger.”

Winds of up to 70mph could be seen across Wales on Sunday, according to the Met Office which has issued an amber weather warning for strong winds.

More than 30 flood warnings are also in place across Wales.

People brave the swell at Porthcawl on Sunday
(Image: Porthcawl RNLI)

Another pair of photographers try to grab a quick snap
(Image: Porthcawl RNLI)

 

Despite the warnings, many people braves the winds and rain to try and grab a selfie or take dramatic pictures of the waves crashing over the pier at Porthcawl.

Launch Authority at Porthcawl Stephen Jones said: “This severe weather could make our seas particularly dangerous and unpredictable, with large waves and swells being a major risk.

“Stormy conditions may be tempting to watch but big waves can easily knock you off your feet.

“The sea is far more powerful than you think and your chances of survival are slim if you are dragged into the swell. Our volunteer lifeboat crews will always launch to rescue those in danger at sea, but to launch into conditions like these could also put their lives at risk.

“We understand why people want to experience extreme weather, but it’s not worth risking your life, so we strongly urge people to respect the water and watch from a safe distance. If you see someone else in trouble in the water, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

“Don’t enter the water yourself as you could also end up in serious danger.”

Article source: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/porthcawl-lifeboat-camera-storm-ciara-17715877