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More clues on origin of mysterious Exmouth sinkhole

This large sinkhole on Exmouth Beach has opened up three times over the last six weeks. Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

More light has been shed on the mysterious sink hole on Exmouth Beach, which has opened up three times over the last six weeks.

Council engineers discovered a blocked water pipe deep under the sand - and now South West Water thinks it knows where it comes from.

"We believe the pipe in question is a surface water drain from the Foxhole Hill area of Exmouth.

We will be working with East Devon District Council to investigate further when the present wet weather has passed through and surface water levels have returned to normal."

– South West Water

The hole - measuring around two metres - seems to open up after heavy rain and the council’s streetscene team has cordoned off the area each time.

On the two previous occasions, the sinkholes have remained for a few days before sand and other beach materials washed up through the natural actions of the tides have refilled them.

Is the mystery of the Exmouth beach sink hole solved?

Large sinkhole on Exmouth beach could be due to blocked pipe Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The mystery behind the Exmouth Beach sink hole which has opened up three times over the last six weeks may finally be resolved.

East Devon District Council engineers have discovered a South West Water pipe deep under the sand which looks like it has become blocked in some way.

The engineers will now be working with South West Water and contractors over the coming weeks to resolve the problem.

Once the council has completed its investigations, it will be able to confirm a more accurate timescale.

The hole - measuring around two metres - seems to open up after heavy rain and the council’s streetscene team has cordoned off the area each time.

On the two previous occasions, the sinkholes have remained for a few days before sand and other beach materials washed up through the natural actions of the tides have refilled them.

We’re very confident we can resolve this problem and open up that area of the beach again for everyone to enjoy.

– Nick Christo, East Devon District Council’s Streetscene Manager for the west of the district