City Council react to sinking sand on Hove beach

A council said it was impossible to predict when a beach would become dangerous after a pensioner broke her wrist in the sinking sand.

A 70-year-old, known only as Trina, was “up to her knees” in the sand on the beach near Hove Lagoon on Saturday after moving to let a “large group” pass.

It got stuck and fell forward onto her wrist, breaking it in two places.

But Brighton and Hove City Council said there was nothing it could do to prevent such incidents, saying a “natural phenomenon” that could happen on any shingle beach was to blame.

The Argus: A person who recently got stuck in the sand on Hove BeachA person recently got stuck in the sand on Hove beach

“During the current tidal season, there is much more post-tide water movement off the pebbles as the sea recedes,” a city council spokesman said.

“This extra water weight sometimes loosens areas of sand below the pebble line.

“This phenomenon can occur on any pebble beach. It is due to natural forces and cannot be predicted.

“Small areas of soft sand appear randomly and quickly disappear.”

The recent full moon caused a spring tide, meaning that the water level is exceptionally high at low tide and extremely low at low tide.

“Our standard advice remains the same: people should respect the sea,” the city council spokesman said.

The Argus: There was an exceptional low tide on the beach near the i360 last SaturdayThere was an exceptional low tide on the beach near the i360 last Saturday

“People venturing into areas between tidal ranges should do so with caution as the tidal shoreline can pose various hazards.

“We’re sorry to hear from people who are having issues with soft sand along our shoreline at the moment.”

But Adele Gee, a friend of Trinas and a year-round sea swimmer, said there should be notices to warn people of the risk.

She told The Argus: “It might make people think twice about going there.

“If you think about the amount of stays, there just isn’t enough coverage or even knowledge.”

But when the city council pressed whether it would consider signage, it didn’t respond. City Council react to sinking sand on Hove beach

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