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Waves engulf Tragumna sea wall

Saturday, 11th January, 2014 10:34am
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Waves engulf Tragumna sea wall

Massive waves

Waves engulf Tragumna sea wall

Massive waves

Massive waves

BY JACKIE KEOGH

THE coast road at Tragumna Beach was completely closed on Monday morning because 20ft high waves posed a potential danger to life and limb.

Notices were also posted calling on members of the public to heed the warnings issued by the Coast Guard to stay away from the coastline and to avoid exposed coastal and cliff paths during stormy weather.

The Coast Guard issued an orange weather warning for counties Cork, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Limerick, Kerry, Waterford and Wexford because the gale force south to southwest winds were resulting in gusts of 100 to 120km per hour in exposed coastal areas.

Throughout the weekend the combination of gale force winds, surging seas, high Spring tides and heavy rainfall presented an ongoing threat to West Cork towns, particularly Skibbereen and Bantry, but on this occasion they avoided flood damage.

In Tragumna, however, 20ft high waves battered the coastline and resulted in the removal of the stone facing on the sea wall, as well as the partial collapse of the road into the sea.

Members of the local Toe Head Coast Guard station were vigilant throughout the weekend and remained on duty in case of an emergency.

They reported that the occupants of one car had a lucky escape: the occupants had to abandon their vehicle and run to higher ground after their car was buffeted to the right and then to the left by freak waves.

Some of the most dramatic photographs and video footage of the weekend’s extreme weather was taken in Tragumna, a small beach that is located just four miles from Skibbereen town. See: www.thesouthernstar.ie.

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