Shocking video showing youths risking their lives by leaping 35 feet into the sea at Old Portsmouth prompted a danger warning today.
The footage shows two ‘tombstoners’ jumping from the Round Tower into shallow water covering jagged rocks.
The video, taken on a mobile phone by a member of the public on July 16, was published by the RNLI after it was supplied to them.
Rogan Wheeldon, RNLI lifeguard supervisor at Southsea, said: ‘Tombstoning anywhere is incredibly dangerous but this footage is some of the most dangerous I’ve ever seen.
‘These people are jumping from about 35ft into shallow water which hides jagged rocks on the sea bed. They are risking their lives, there is no doubt about it.
‘Our advice is simple. Please don’t tombstone. You will be risking broken limbs, paralysis or death for a quick thrill. It’s not worth it. In this spot in Portsmouth there are also very strong water currents of six to eight knots which can sweep you out to sea. The best way to enjoy the seaside safely is to swim between the red and yellow flags at a lifeguarded beach.’
According to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, there have been 20 deaths and 76 serious injuries caused by tombstoning in the UK since 2005.
The RNLI will launch a major drowning awareness campaign on Thursday 24 July called Respect the Water, during which the charity will be helping people to stay safe this summer.
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