Storms destroy iconic Cornish rock formation

A famous natural rock formation has been destroyed by freak 30-feet waves over the past week. The stone archway in Porthcothan Bay near Padstow, Cornwall, was a popular tourist attraction, but has now been reduced to rubble. It had already been severely weakened by erosion.

As it was - the 'doughnut-shaped' natural archway at Porthcothan. Credit: Idenna Ltd.
The ruined archway now. Credit: Idenna Ltd.
The rock from another angle: the coast has been hit by 30-feet waves and 70mph winds. Credit: Idenna Ltd.


Re-building the sea defences

Work is starting across the region to repair the damage caused by the storms that battered almost every part of the South West coast.