A tourist was seen ignoring her children as they approached an infamous 80ft drop in Cornwall, where a woman died in 2018 after locals criticized the mother for her behaviour
You can see the two children on their way to the blowhole while the woman looks away (Facebook)
A horrified parent slammed an “idiot” who appeared to turn around and texted while two young children climbed down the rocks near an infamous blowhole.
Mum Harley said she watched in terror as the children made their way towards the 80ft hole at the Cornish landmark where a woman died in 2018 and a dog in 2020.
She says the woman appeared unaware of the potential danger they were in and that the children were no older than seven.
For safety reasons it is recommended to stay away from the round hole which is very close to the edge of the cliff and is not fenced.
The Great Blowhole in Cornwall (Geograph/Cornwall Live)
Cornwall Live reported that Harley said in a Facebook post: “We’ve seen it all this bank holiday.”
“However, this is the absolute price. Appears to be a mother with her children (clearly Key Level One) allowing them to go into the hole while she stands there with her back to them and uses her phone.”
The incident happened on Friday morning when Jo, her husband and their 16-year-old daughter were walking along the cliff path at Trevose Head, near Padstow.
Jo, who has been visiting the area regularly for many years, said: “We just saw the woman texting on her phone while the two children stood on the edge.”
“We told ourselves how dangerous it looked. They slowly pushed their way down while her back was turned.
“I couldn’t stand there and watch but when we turned around she was still ignoring them and they went lower and lower.
“My daughter yelled back to please look after her children, but she didn’t answer.
“The kids didn’t know how dangerous it was, but a grown adult should have known. I don’t know exactly where her head was. I don’t know if she was a parent, guardian or nanny, but any sane adult would look at it.” Make a hole and see how dangerous it was and don’t go near the edge.
“I just wish people would use their common sense. If people see a big hole in the ground, don’t go near it.”
Holiday trippers have been seen perilously close to the edge of a cliff that has suddenly suffered major collapses in recent years.
Young and old could be seen peering into the abyss on Beachy Head beach in Eastbourne, seemingly unfazed by the sheer drop before them.
In a shot that shakes his legs, a man can be seen powerfully leaping forward – his foot inches from the edge – so he can look down at the rocks below.
Some were spotted having a picnic and piggybacking at the famous landmark.