A regular visitor to Llantwit Major Beach has warned others to think twice about where they sit, following a rock fall during her visit to the area earlier this week.
Luciana West from Cardiff, visited Llantwit Major Beach on Monday and has shared her story on social media, saying she could spend time explaining why she didn't see the signs but instead felt sharing her message may help others to not make the same mistake.
Other than some considerable bruising from the fall and shock, Lucina West came away from the incident unhurt and now wants to help others to learn from her own mistake.
In her post on social media she said "I was sitting under a cliff facing the sea when I heard a small rock tumble down from somewhere on my left. And another. I looked up to see if a bird was picking at the rock, not quite making sense of what it could be. In the next second I heard multiple cracking and rumbling sounds, when I suddenly realised a whole section of the cliff was about to come loose very close to where I was."
"I grabbed my rucksack and ran a few paces to my right away from the cliff which was now crashing down. I tripped, falling flatly forward on to a smooth, wide bit of rock. Turning around, I saw a dust cloud rise from a sizeable pile of rocks that had just landed, stopping literally where I'd been sitting only a moment ago"
"Aside from considerable bruising from the fall and shock, I am not hurt. Had I not been alert and heard those first warning signs, I might've not gotten out of the way soon enough. But I dread to think what would've happened if the cliff had come down not to my left, but right above me. Awareness might not have been enough to save me then."
"In ten years of going to this beach and walking in its vicinity, I must admit I took the stability of the cliffs for granted - even when I knew that cliff erosion is a thing."
"Well, having just avoided serious injury (or worse), I can tell you DO NOT underestimate seaside cliffs."
Luciana lives in Cardiff, but has been regularly visiting the beach for 10 years. Speaking to Bro Radio she said "there was quite a bit of criticism for seemingly not reading the signs, which in fairness I completely forgot about. I've edited the post slightly to address this, as everyone makes mistakes."
Llantwit Major Coastguard recent witnessed another cliff fall at the beach and issued the following safety advice to visitors:
If you find yourself in an emergency situation or spot someone else in trouble at the Coast, you should call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.