Holidaymakers to be warned of Loe Bar danger after New Year's Day death

Harry Swordy from Guilford lost his life during the early hours of New Year’s Day

Harry Swordy from Guilford lost his life during the early hours of New Year’s Day

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The dangers of swimming at Loe Bar, plus the need to respect the sea, are to be promoted to holidaymakers.

The move comes after Harry Swordy from Guilford lost his life during the early hours of New Year’s Day, allegedly paddling in the stormy sea at Loe Bar.

Speaking at last week’s meeting of Porthleven Town Council, deputy mayor Daniel Williams: “If we could somehow ask holiday homes in Porthleven to highlight this issue, about the dangers of Loe Bar to holidaymakers.”

He added that the other day he saw the red flag flying – indicating danger and a warning not enter the water under any circumstances – but the explanatory sign could not be seen.

“How on earth could anyone, unless they’re into beaching, know about it? I feel it’s a tragedy that’s happened and perhaps we could highlight it as a town council,” he said.

Councillor Andy Wallis said he had been contacted by a number of residents asking what could be done to raise the profile about not swimming at Loe Bar and the dangers generally.

He told the council he had been working with Safer Cornwall, which involved all the emergency services, asking graphic designers to look at a poster or information leaflet to give to holiday homes in Porthleven. He would also speak to the National Trust, which owned the holiday cottage Mr Swordy and his friends were staying in, in a bid to raise awareness.

He was putting some of his community chest fundraising in to producing the leaflets and also planned to approach the town council in the future for funding.

Mr Wallis, who was formerly with the Royal Navy based at RNAS Culdrose, said: “When I joined Culdrose one of the first things we were told was, ‘Do not swim off the Bar.’ Not everyone has the luxury of having that briefing.”

The council is to send a sympathy card to the family and a letter to Porthleven’s coastguard team, together with its headquarters in Falmouth, thanking members for their work – not only in hunting for Mr Swordy but being out during all weathers over the Christmas period.

Mr Wallis, who in the past was a member of the coastguard team, said: “They do sterling work keeping the public safe. They have been out an awful lot of times.”

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6:46am Wed 15 Jan 14

Geo Helston says...

Where are the current warning signs located? Surely it will be better to make sure that there is a sign at every entrance to the bar? Make them visible, so anyone who is entering the bar can see them. If they ignore them, then that's their prerogative.
Where are the current warning signs located? Surely it will be better to make sure that there is a sign at every entrance to the bar? Make them visible, so anyone who is entering the bar can see them. If they ignore them, then that's their prerogative. Geo Helston
  • Score: 2

7:05am Wed 15 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

The signs are normally visible, the tragedy happened in the dark.
The signs are normally visible, the tragedy happened in the dark. Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 3

12:38pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Geo Helston says...

So florescent signs are needed then!

I fear that the 'nanny state' will kick in, and the beach will be barricaded off because its 'too dangerous'.
So florescent signs are needed then! I fear that the 'nanny state' will kick in, and the beach will be barricaded off because its 'too dangerous'. Geo Helston
  • Score: 4

12:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

MARTIN GILL says...

Whether you have signs or flags on a Beach makes no difference. People are ignorant, and will swim whatever the conditions. I remember walking the Coastal Path overlooking Loe Bar a couple of years ago, and was horrified to see a man and his young son swimming in the sea despite the warning sign situated on the beach. Yes, and we all recently saw people walking along Mullion Harbour in the stormy conditions and getting hit by a wave. The old saying,'Ignorance is bliss' springs to mind.
Whether you have signs or flags on a Beach makes no difference. People are ignorant, and will swim whatever the conditions. I remember walking the Coastal Path overlooking Loe Bar a couple of years ago, and was horrified to see a man and his young son swimming in the sea despite the warning sign situated on the beach. Yes, and we all recently saw people walking along Mullion Harbour in the stormy conditions and getting hit by a wave. The old saying,'Ignorance is bliss' springs to mind. MARTIN GILL
  • Score: 7

2:18pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I was in Porthleven again last Friday and the red ball was raised for no entry onto the pier, in addition to which, tape had been put across the entry to it so one would have to be irresponsible to ignore it, and yes, I saw someone attempt to ignore it so I approached them and asked them not to cross the tape. After that, yet another cyclist came at speed down the hill round the blind bend by the clock tower the wrong way down the one way road, which is clearly marked with no entry signs at the top. Personally I think it was just lack of respect on both those occasions.
I was in Porthleven again last Friday and the red ball was raised for no entry onto the pier, in addition to which, tape had been put across the entry to it so one would have to be irresponsible to ignore it, and yes, I saw someone attempt to ignore it so I approached them and asked them not to cross the tape. After that, yet another cyclist came at speed down the hill round the blind bend by the clock tower the wrong way down the one way road, which is clearly marked with no entry signs at the top. Personally I think it was just lack of respect on both those occasions. Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 5

4:45pm Thu 16 Jan 14

MARTIN GILL says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
I was in Porthleven again last Friday and the red ball was raised for no entry onto the pier, in addition to which, tape had been put across the entry to it so one would have to be irresponsible to ignore it, and yes, I saw someone attempt to ignore it so I approached them and asked them not to cross the tape. After that, yet another cyclist came at speed down the hill round the blind bend by the clock tower the wrong way down the one way road, which is clearly marked with no entry signs at the top. Personally I think it was just lack of respect on both those occasions.
I hope the person you approached took your advice, and wasn't rude to you!
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: I was in Porthleven again last Friday and the red ball was raised for no entry onto the pier, in addition to which, tape had been put across the entry to it so one would have to be irresponsible to ignore it, and yes, I saw someone attempt to ignore it so I approached them and asked them not to cross the tape. After that, yet another cyclist came at speed down the hill round the blind bend by the clock tower the wrong way down the one way road, which is clearly marked with no entry signs at the top. Personally I think it was just lack of respect on both those occasions.[/p][/quote]I hope the person you approached took your advice, and wasn't rude to you! MARTIN GILL
  • Score: 3

5:15pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

MARTIN GILL wrote:
Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
I was in Porthleven again last Friday and the red ball was raised for no entry onto the pier, in addition to which, tape had been put across the entry to it so one would have to be irresponsible to ignore it, and yes, I saw someone attempt to ignore it so I approached them and asked them not to cross the tape. After that, yet another cyclist came at speed down the hill round the blind bend by the clock tower the wrong way down the one way road, which is clearly marked with no entry signs at the top. Personally I think it was just lack of respect on both those occasions.
I hope the person you approached took your advice, and wasn't rude to you!
They did take my advice, after a confrontation.

(I've already been called a "bossy local" for asking someone politely to get off Mullion harbour wall on one of the stormy days, I don't care though)
[quote][p][bold]MARTIN GILL[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: I was in Porthleven again last Friday and the red ball was raised for no entry onto the pier, in addition to which, tape had been put across the entry to it so one would have to be irresponsible to ignore it, and yes, I saw someone attempt to ignore it so I approached them and asked them not to cross the tape. After that, yet another cyclist came at speed down the hill round the blind bend by the clock tower the wrong way down the one way road, which is clearly marked with no entry signs at the top. Personally I think it was just lack of respect on both those occasions.[/p][/quote]I hope the person you approached took your advice, and wasn't rude to you![/p][/quote]They did take my advice, after a confrontation. (I've already been called a "bossy local" for asking someone politely to get off Mullion harbour wall on one of the stormy days, I don't care though) Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 3

12:44pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

It says in the article the deputy Mayor saw the red flag flying one day and the explanatory notice could not be seen etc. Whilst I understand his point, the explanatory notices, where available, are not in every language, in Porthleven, what about any foreign visitors that may not read the available language!. I was of the understanding a red flag universally denotes danger! No matter how many signs, warnings, flags there are, they are unlikely to be read in the dark, perhaps a warning should be added to distributed leaflets about the dangers of entering the sea in the dark, or in rough weather conditions.
It says in the article the deputy Mayor saw the red flag flying one day and the explanatory notice could not be seen etc. Whilst I understand his point, the explanatory notices, where available, are not in every language, in Porthleven, what about any foreign visitors that may not read the available language!. I was of the understanding a red flag universally denotes danger! No matter how many signs, warnings, flags there are, they are unlikely to be read in the dark, perhaps a warning should be added to distributed leaflets about the dangers of entering the sea in the dark, or in rough weather conditions. Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 6

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