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.


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.

More from Weston Mercury

38 minutes ago

Life satisfaction and happiness levels have dropped in North Somerset in the past year, according to research from the Office for National Statistics.

Read more

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has reassured people a teenager did not die in Worle last night (Wednesday) after rumours circulated on social media.

Read more

Weston-super-Mare’s first balloon launch and ‘night glow’ which was due to take place on Saturday, has been postponed due to poor weather conditions.

Read more

Future bids for fracking to take place across North Somerset should be decided by the authority and not the Government, according to councillors.

Read more

A ‘spectacular’ firework display will take place on Marine Parade on Saturday.

Read more

A woman has been injured after colliding with a car in Weston this morning (Thursday).

Read more

An accident involving two cars in Worle has resulted in slow moving traffic this morning (Thursday).

Read more

A Priory Community School (PCSA) teacher has been cooking up tasty treats on a national cooking television programme.

Read more

The prospect of Weston’s Tropicana being transformed into an ‘entertainment hub’ courtesy of a £1million investment have moved forward this week.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:56

Hard-working sailing volunteers from Clevedon and Yatton will have a royal appointment this week to recognise decades of service.

Read more
Clevedon Yatton

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 12°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists