Tombstoning warning as teens put themselves in danger jumping from Knightstone into the sea

PUBLISHED: 15:48 26 July 2017

Knightstone (Picture: Andrew Williams).

Knightstone (Picture: Andrew Williams).

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Weston-super-Mare’s coastguard has issued a warning about the dangers of tombstoning after a number of young people were spotted jumping into the sea from the cliffs around Knightstone last night (Tuesday).

The coastguard was called out at about 9pm last night after the youths were spotted jumping into the water.

Tombstoning involves jumping into the sea from high platform, and has become a craze among young people around the country.

It had not been seen in Weston for a number of years, until teens were spotted taking part in the activity last year, and again yesterday.

A coastguard spokesman said: “Tombstoning is an extremely dangerous and potentially fatal activity to partake in.

“There have been 20 deaths since 2005, with more than 60 people being injured by taking part in the stunt.

“Although the water may look deep, there are often hidden dangers, which can easily catch people out. Now the summer holidays have begun, we want young people to enjoy themselves if they come to the beach, but we urge them to not put themselves or their friends at risk.”

Last year, the RNLI had to launch its lifeboats after up to 10 teenagers were spotted at Knightstone, with four of them jumping into the sea.

MORE: Teens risk cold water shock with tombstoning.

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