With Cornwall getting a battering from Storm Gerrit, the RNLI is asking those visiting the coast to be aware of the dangers.

Yellow weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for today (Wednesday), with winds forecast to reach 70mph on exposed coastlines, along with heavy rain.

The RNLI has warned that Storm Gerrit poses a safety risk to those visiting the coast, with the lifesaving charity urging the public to "exercise extreme caution", particularly along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers.

Falmouth Packet: The yellow weather warning in place around the UKThe yellow weather warning in place around the UK (Image: Met Office)

RNLI Water Safety Partner, Gareth Morrison, said: "The forecasted strong winds along with heavy rain and snow [in some parts of the UK] are likely to cause dangerous conditions for those visiting the coast around the UK and Ireland.

"The RNLI advises staying a safe distance away from the water and cliff edges as the conditions could knock you off your feet or wash you into the sea. It is not worth risking your life.

"If you see someone else in danger in the water, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard if by the coast, or just 999 if inland.

"If you have something that floats that they can hold on to, throw it to them. Don’t go in the water yourself – you may end up in difficulty too."

The RNLI's safety advice is:

  • Stay well back from stormy, wintery seas and cliff edges
  • Check the weather forecast and tide times before you go
  • Take a phone with you In an emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard