A dog has been killed by a cliff fall while its owner had a narrow escape.
The family pet was left buried under the rubble after the rocks landed on top of it on Sunday afternoon.
Coast guards said the rocks narrowly missed the owner, Cornwall Live reports.
The tragedy unfolded on Whispeyderry Beach near Newquay, Cornwall.
The pooch’s owner had been warned by another member of the public the cliff was about to give way for the second time.
People are being urged to avoid the cliffs as recent rainy weather could result in unstable areas near the coast and sea.
A spokesman for HM Coastguard Area 11 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Coastal Safety wrote on Facebook: “There has been a cliff fall on Whipseyderry Beach near Newquay this afternoon.
“Unfortunately, the rocks fell on a beautiful family dog tragically burying it under the rubble and narrowly missed the owner who was warned by another member of the public that the cliff was about to give way for a second time.
“This family use this beach daily without any issues and want to warn other families and dog walkers of the danger the unstable cliffs are presenting to the public above that beach.
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“Please keep well clear of the cliffs and be aware that following the recent rainy weather there are many unstable areas near the coast and sea.
“Do not put yourself or others at risk and if you need help or assistance call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
It comes as Britain faces days of weather carnage after Storm Darcy swept in over the weekend and sent temperatures plunging to -10C.
Forecasters have warned of “significant disruptive snowfall” in the coming days, with up to nearly 12 inches predicted to fall in parts of the country.
The freezing winter weather front has been dubbed the Beast from the East 2.
Weather warnings for ice and snow are in place for large swathes of the country.
- UK Weather
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