A COMBINATION of Storm Emma and high tides brought devastation to Maenporth Beach on Friday with the sea battering the cafe and even throwing up a dead dolphin.
Solicitor Russell Wood, who lives just behind the beach with his family and took these pictures, said it had been a "hell of a day".

He told the Packet: "I live with my family behind the beach and narrowly escaped the devastation.

"We knew it was bad last night. The sound of the waves was unbelievable and the wind was obviously driving the sea into the bay.

"It destroyed the car park and washed a lot of it into the road behind making it impassable.

"It was a shock to see what the sea could do. We were saved by our location tucked into the east end of the bay.

"Life’s a Beach cafe and the car park took the brunt of it and debris and trees were washed down the road towards Falmouth and across towards the cove restaurant and bar.

"Luckily plenty of volunteers helped clear the road of the worst of it and we managed to clear the flood water from outside Arvor Kayak centre. Hell of a day!"

Falmouth Marine Group are looking for volunteers tomorrow to help out at Maenporth to help with rubbish and a tidy up.

A Twitter callout said: "If anyone can bring spades and wheelbarrows if possible that'd be great! 12pm tomorrow - see you there!"

Storm Emma and the high tides also brought problems at Swanpool Beach where the sea damaged railings and threw sand right across the road, as the pictures from yesterday morning sent in by Daniel Wilkinson show.

Instead of the snow which trapped cars earlier in the week, this time it was sand causing vehicles to get stuck and having to be towed out by 4x4s