Coastguard and RNLI issue safety warnings as people gather to watch dangerous waves on coastline.

North Devon’s coastline was battered by the sea this weekend as high tides were whipped up by the wind.

Giant waves crashed on harbour walls, much to the delight of crowds who gathered to watch.

But after the sea claimed six lives around the UK this weekend, rescue services have been warning people to keep their distance when watching the waves.

A spokesman for Appledore Lifeboat Station said: “Please be safe and respect the water.

“There is so much power in it, it can easily wash you out to sea.”

In Westward Ho! the sea managed to dump a large tree trunk on the promenade, while photos have emerged today of youngsters swimming in stormy seas at Barricane Beach.

James Instance, for the UK Coastguard, added: “What should be an enjoyable experience could so easily take a traumatic turn, so please do listen to warnings and stay at a safe distance from the water.”

Anyone watching waves is urged to keep away from areas where waves could sweep you off your feed, or fling rocks in the spray.

Be careful of tides and heed the warnings of lifeguards.