Man breaks leg after ‘tombstoning’ from pier

PUBLISHED: 10:01 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:05 01 May 2018

Burnham-on -Sea Pier Pavilion on the sea front.

Burnham-on -Sea Pier Pavilion on the sea front.

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A man has broken his leg after jumping off the pier in Burnham-on-Sea following ‘a few drinks’.

Burnham coastguard was called to the pier at 8.20pm last night (Monday) after someone jumped from the pier and hit the hard sand.

A coastguard spokesman said: “After a few drinks it seemed like a good idea for someone to jump off the pier into the water.

“Unfortunately, the water isn’t as deep as you imagine at that point and with a crunch he hit the shallow water followed by the hard sand underneath and subsequently broke his leg.

“When we arrived on scene he was on the concrete slope just beneath the pier with the water still firmly lapping round him.

“We moved him to the safety of the disabled access ramp and with perfect timing the first responder arrived followed by an ambulance.

“They quickly and efficiently whisked him off to hospital where hopefully he will be patched up and reflect on his error of judgement.

“Alcohol and the sea are not a good mix as this shows.

“Tombstoning is very dangerous and accounts for some horrific life-changing injuries.

“This man was lucky he only broke his leg, it could have been a lot worse.”

People jumping into the water can go into cold water shock, which can kill even the fittest people in seconds.

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