VISITORS are being urged to take caution when visiting beaches along the West Somerset which are vulnerable to cliff falls and land slips.

HM Coastguard Watchet is urging anyone who visit beaches such as Blue Anchor, Watchet, Helwell, St Audries and Kilve to heed safety advice.

An update posted by the Watchet Coastguard on Thursday (May 28) stated: "Today our team continued with incident prevention patrols along our stretch of coastline.

"With the increased number of visitors to beaches there have been an increase in incidents nationally with serious injuries and fatalities occurring.

"One of our biggest concerns is the repeated sightings of persons sat on the edge of clifftops and underneath on the shoreline, apparently oblivious to the dangers of falling or being crushed by the continued cliff falls and landslips."

The HM Coastguard Watchet station officer had to liaise with several groups who were in dangerous positions at St Audries Bay.

The HM Coastguard Watchet spokesman added: "We would remind everyone to take care when visiting the coastline, where you drive to park considerately, keep social distancing from one another, and avoid the cliff edges and base of cliffs .

"In a coastal emergency or wher you are concerned for the safety of someone in the water, mud or clifftops, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard."