A dog owner has warned beach goers to be vigilant that huge holes are being dug in the sand after their pup falls into what she says is at least 7 feet deep and 5 feet wide.
Nina Ellis was walking along the Octagon on Exmouth Beach at around 6:40 this morning with her five-month-old cocker pup Billy when he fell into the gaping hole left in the sand.
Nina, who was alone, was just able to reach him to pull him out and was relieved to find that he was not injured.
She remembered: “The hole was huge; I just couldn’t believe the size. From a distance it looked like a ridge around a sandcastle that someone had built, and then I saw Billy disappear into it.
(Image: Nina Ellis)
“When I got there, it looked like it had fallen into a well. He looked tiny in it and whimpered.
“I was afraid that if I jumped into the hole, I would not be able to come out because I would only pull down the sand walls.
“In the end I was able to lie down and with the help of a lady I was able to grab his collar with my fingertips when he tried to get out.”
(Image: Nina Ellis)
Nina, a local resident, added, “What if a young child fell in? They would think their child ran away and would not think about looking in there or someone could really get hurt.
“It’s just so irresponsible to dig a hole this size. The picture I took doesn’t really show how big it was. I’ve never seen anything like it on the beach.
“I was told that a lot of teenagers and students were out on the beach late at night, so it could have been them.
“Whoever did it, my message to them would be to remember that other people are using the beach because what they were doing was so dangerous.”
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Nina posted about the incident on Facebook group Exmouth Community UK to warn others to be careful on the beach.
In response to the post, someone claimed that another large hole was recently reported that allegedly had to be closed by the fire department.