Coastguards have issued a safety warning after they were called out to youths “tombstoning&#82


Surely this is not tombstoning. Children can jump from this height without harm, they do it every day into swimming pools. It’s like saying they should not be allowed to jump off their bed and calling the police to stop them if they do. Tombstoning is quite different: “The practice of jumping into the sea or similar body of water from a cliff or other high point such that the jumper enters the water vertically straight, like a tombstone.” Even so youngsters should be taught how to jump safely

RNLI advice:

Those who wish to participate in tombstoning can reduce the risks by remembering the following advice:

  1. Check for hazards in the water. Rocks or submerged objects under the sea may not be visible through the surface

  2. Check the depth of the water. Remember tides can rise or fall very quickly – it may start off deep enough but can quickly become shallower

  3. As a rule of thumb, a jump of ten metres requires a depth of at least five metres

  4. Never jump while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or peer pressure

  5. Consider the risk to others. Conditions can change rapidly – remember young people could be watching and attempt to mimic the activity

  6. Check for access, it may be impossible to get out of the water More…

ROSPA advice:

What can you do?

Don’t jump into the unknown. Consider the dangers before you take the plunge:

  1. Check for hazards in the water. Rocks or other objects may be submerged and difficult to see

  2. Check the depth of the water. Remember tides can rise and fall very quickly

  3. As a rule of thumb, a jump of ten metres requires a depth of at least five metres

  4. Never jump whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs

  5. Check for access. It may be impossible to get out of the water

  6. Consider the risks to yourself and others. Conditions can change rapidly – young people could be watching and may attempt to mimic the activity. And, if you jump when you feel unsafe or pressured, you probably won’t enjoy the experience. More…

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