Tombstoning: Have your say
This summer's accident at Durdle Door has left both locals and holidaymakers talking about the latest phenomenon: tombstoning. Should it be banned? Or is jumping into the sea a risk we should be allowed to take?
A 26 year old man almost died this summer after 'tombstoning' at Durdle Door.
Tombstoning - jumping off cliffs, piers, harbour walls or other high points into water - causes about 200 serious injuries a year. It claims about 15 lives annually.
The Dorset coastline is particularly popular with pranksters, who often egg each other on to jump from ever higher cliffs or rocks.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) calls tombstoning "extremely hazardous". It has identified the main risks as:
Coastguard Fred Caygill urges swimmers not just to be aware of the risks but to avoid tombstoning altogether.
"Tombstoning is not an extreme sport - it's a dangerous activity that could result in loss of life. My advice is just don't do it."
What do you think about tombstoning? Should more be done to stop youngsters risking their lives? Or should they be trusted to protect themselves?
last updated: 14/08/07
Have Your Say
Dave Upton from Blandford