Police warn against tombstoning

Devon & Cornwall Police say reports of tombstoning increase during the summer holidays, a potentially deadly activity. People see tombstoning as fun or thrill-seeking without really thinking about the dangers, and the advice is to try other adrenaline sports which are supervised, like surfing or coasteering. I guess part of the attraction is that tombstoning is free but the risks are huge

Dangers of tombstoning include:

  • tides changing dramatically, affecting how deep the water looks, as well as obscuring rocks and other debris that can cause serious damage
  • spinal injuries; 20 per cent of tombstoning injuries are spinal – often with life-changing consequences
  • cold water shock, which can affect your breathing, restrict your movement and leave you helpless in seconds
  • drowning; 400 people drowned in coastal-related incidents in the last 30 years
  • lack of easy access points to get out of the water – can people get to you if you need help?

    For more information go to https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/coastsafe/tombstoning/

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