Bloke injured ‘tombstoning’ from infamous rocks in front of alarmed tourists

A bloke has been injured in Torquay after 'tombstoning' off a notorious cliff edge at the popular Devon resort.

Tombstoning is described as the act of jumping in a straight, upright vertical posture into the sea or other body of water from a high jumping platform, such as a cliff, bridge or harbour edge.

Tourists at the resort hotspot watched in shock from the beach as a group of young people took turns to leap off the high, jagged rocks into the sea below, at a spot called Imperial Ledge, Devon Live reports.

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And one of the foolhardy jumpers injured his leg as he plummeted into the water, with coastguard rescue teams called out to the scene at Peaked Tor Cove at around 3.30pm on Saturday (July 9).

Emergency services including HM Coastguard’s Torbay and Berryhead Coastguard Rescue Teams, Torbay RNLI lifeboat, South West Ambulance Service, and HART were sent to the incident near the Imperial Hotel.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson said: “At around 3.30pm on July 9, HM Coastguard’s Torbay and Berryhead Coastguard Rescue Teams, Torbay RNLI lifeboat, South West Ambulance Service, and HART were sent to assist a casualty with a suspected leg injury on the coast of Torquay.

“The casualty was brought from a less accessible part of the beach by the lifeboat and passed into the care of the ambulance service.”

A video shot of the incident showed a large group of people standing on the edge of the cliff before hurtling off the rocks into the sea.

Now since the incident, there have been calls been made to fence off the rocks in order to stop people jumping from them.

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One person commented on Facebook: “Why not do the sensible thing and put railings round it?”, while a second asked: “Why not build a platform in a safe area for them to do it from?”

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard Area Commander for South Devon and South-East Cornwall Coastline confirmed on Twitter that the tombstoning teenagers and the injured casualty were linked.

They said: “A young man was evacuated from Imperial Ledge following an injury sustained while tombstoning.”

The Coastguard recently issued a warning labelling tombstoning as a potentially deadly activity that ruins lives, after a man was seriously injured during a Torquay cliff fall in 2019.


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