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Tombstoning warning after 23-year-old injured man taken to hospital

11 Apr 2021 2 minute read
Tenby harbour. Photo by Beata Mitręga on Unsplash

A warning about the dangers of tombstoning was made after an unconscious man was rescued near Tenby.

The warning was issued by Dyfed-Powys Police but extends further than Pembrokeshire and to the whole of Wales.

Similar warnings have been made in the past after injuries caused to people because of the craze.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said: “Following an incident at Tenby this evening, we are urging people not to take part in tombstoning or jumping from cliffs into the sea.

‘Not breathing’

“We were called to the beach opposite St Catherine’s Island at around 6.15pm yesterday, where a man had got into difficulty after jumping off the cliff into the water.

“On officers’ arrival, RNLI were at the scene and were administering CPR to the 23-year-old who was unconscious and not breathing.


“Fortunately, he regained consciousness shortly after and was taken to hospital for assessment.

Inspector Gavin Howells said: “This incident highlights the serious danger posed by tombstoning or cliff jumping, and the potentially life-threatening consequences.

“We urge people not to take part in this sort of activity anywhere along our coastline, and not to put themselves or the emergency services at risk for a thrill.

“We would like to thank our colleagues at the RNLI for their swift response to this incident, and for their actions which most likely saved this man’s life.”


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