The two landslides which brought down several tons of rock and debris onto the beach. Almost immediately above are houses off Bradford Place.
A 150-ton rock fall sparked a major emergency alert on Penarth foreshore this afternoon when it was feared that beach-walkers might have been trapped beneath it.
Paramedics, police , fire engines and coastguard vehicles lined the Esplanade . In the background are yellow diggers being used on the foreshore by Welsh Water contractors.
Two separate landslides within yards of each other brought a mound of rocks and debris crashing down onto the beach. Penarth Coastguard, ambulances, the South Wales Fire and Rescue raced to Penarth Esplanade
The South Wales Police helicopter surveyed the landslip from the air
A South Wales Police helicopter hovered overhead using heat-seeking equipment check if anyone was trapped by the fall – and found nothing.
Police coastguards and fire-fighters on the foreshore
A Penarth Coastguard team with police and fire fighters set out north from the pier to comb the foreshore for possible casualties and inspected the concrete sewer enclosure on the foreshore which is currently being renovated by Welsh Water.
Warm work : Rescue teams take a welcome breather after completing a thorough search of the foreshore
By 2.15 they had completed their sweep of the foreshore and reported that there were no casualties and no one had been in the vicinity when the collapse occured. They handed over the incident to the local authority, the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
These houses in Bradford Place seem to be the closest to the fall
One eyewitness thought the landslide could have been triggered by the civil engineering works being carried out by Welsh Water on Penarth’s now-derelict Northern Esplanade under which a Victorian egg-section sewer is being replaced. Heavy plant is being used on the foreshore almost directly adjacent to where the rockfall occurred.
A South Wales Police helicopter hovering over the landslip area this afternoon searching for anyone who might have been trapped
Strollers on Penarth Pier had a good view of both the rock fall itself and the ensuing activity. The Pier and promenade were packed with Sunday afternoon strollers enjoying other day of bright sunshine.
The landslide occurred immediately next to where Welsh Water are currently carrying out excavations using heavy plant and machinery on the foreshore at the end of the old Northern Esplanade.
Visitors and locals are now being warned to keep away from the cliffs around the Kymin and beneath Bradford Place for the time being.
Heavy plant and machinery was being used by Welsh Water’s contractors Morgan Sindall to break open the old Penarth Northern Esplanade and replace a large sewer which runs along it and down towards the sea . The work is scheduled to last all summer .