Warning signs put up near ‘quicksand’ on Newton Beach in Porthcawl

Warning signs have been put up at Newton Beach near Porthcawl reminding visitors to keep an eye out for soft, wet sand and thick mud.

It follows a number of incidents where people have reported becoming temporarily stuck in what they believed to be quick sand while enjoying the beach or exercising their dogs.

The signage which reads “Beware: Soft Sand/Mud” has been purchased by Bridgend County Borough Council.

It has been erected at the entrance to Newton Beach in partnership with the Porthcawl Powerboat and Ski Club using a metal post owned by the club.

Although not responsible for the privately-maintained beach, the council said it organised the new signs in the interests of public safety following incidents reported to the authority’s beach and water safety officer.

A close-up of the warning sign
A close-up of the warning sign

 

Last June a pensioner said she was left trapped up to her waist after being sucked in by the “quick sand” while walking her dog on Newton Beach.

Patricia Roberts, of Lewis Place, Porthcawl, was saved by a passing stranger who pulled her out.

She reported being pulled down into “thick clay” very quickly.

“I’m not a panicky type of person but I was terrified. I was sinking so fast and there was nothing I could do about it,” she said.


 

Councillor Phil White, cabinet member for communities, said: “While soft wet sand and thick mud are a common coastline feature, we agreed to undertake this action due to the number of recent incidents being brought to our attention of people getting into difficulties at Newton Beach.

“Working in partnership with Porthcawl Powerboat and Ski Club, we have been able to install new signage urging people to keep alert.”

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