Ilfracombe tombstoner taken to hospital

A fourteen year old boy was taken to North Devon District Hospital last night (Wednesday) suffering from head and arm injuries after tombstoning off Ilfracombe Pier. Swansea Coastguard received a request for assistance at 9:10pm from West Country Ambul

A fourteen year old boy was taken to North Devon District Hospital last night (Wednesday) suffering from head and arm injuries after tombstoning off Ilfracombe Pier. Swansea Coastguard received a request for assistance at 9:10pm from West Country Ambulance Service. Ilfracombe Coastguard Rescue team was sent to assist the paramedics with the young casualty. Bernie Kemble, Acting Watch Manager, Swansea Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said: "We believe there were three young lads tombstoning off the pier at Ilfracombe. "One of the lads made his way on to a large black fender secured to chains. It started to spin and he lost his balance and wrenched his arm as he tried to hold on to the chain. The boy hit his head on the wall and then fell in to the water. He was recovered from the water by his two friends who then called for an ambulance." The Coastguard spokesman said the public should be reminded never to jump into the unknown from piers and cliffs especially if they have no local knowledge because the water depth alters with the tide. "There may be submerged objects such as rocks that are not visible, you may experience shock from the water temperature and strong currents that can sweep you away," he said. "For more guidance visit www.mcga.gov.uk and look at leisure and the seaside, or contact your local Coastguard station. "Tombstoning - jumping into water from a height - is dangerous and in the last two years there have been nine deaths and 18 serious injuries. Ends.


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