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South Lakes Councillor issues alert over perils of tombstoning

A WARNING has been issued to thrillseekers who indulge in a dangerous craze by a man who was left with lifelong injuries.

Councillor Ben Berry, who represents Windermere, Applethwaite and Troutbeck on South Lakeland District Council, has warned young people against tombstoning, the practice of jumping off walls and cliffs into water.

He said: “Playing in the sea, rivers and lakes is great fun, so is jumping from a height into the water. But even with great local knowledge, safety equipment and safety checks accidents do happen that change your life.”

Cllr Berry shattered a knee cap and femur while tombstoning on holiday in 2011. Doctors have told him his leg may never fully heal.

He said: “I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from outdoor adventure, it’s better than being bubble wrapped at home on the Xbox.

“But understand the risks and take responsible precautions when out having fun and realise if something goes wrong you might just end up walking with a limp, like me.”

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said 232 people nationwide have been injured while tombstoning since 2004.

Nick Pearson, street scene manager at SLDC, said: “People have to take responsibility for their own safety and be aware that jumping from height into water is dangerous.

“They should also be aware at this time of year the water is very cold.

“We work in partnership with the police to enforce bylaws but the Lake District is a large area with a lot of water and we can’t patrol it all. Any members of the public who see anything should call the police on 101.”

Tombstoning hotspots in South Cumbria include Walney Channel near the Dock Museum in Barrow, the old sea wall at Haverigg, Coniston Water and Ulpha Bridge near Broughton.

Earlier this week, Cumbria police issued a warning over tombstoning at Devil’s Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale.

Last year, 22-year-old Darrell Teal from Manchester died after jumping off the bridge into the River Lune.

Have your say

Oh Get Lost!These guys n gals are having fun do you remember that word.Yes one unfortunate died.AYear Ago!!More people die on Everest every year.Lets put it out of bounds shall we.These people are just testing their nerve and getting a adrenaline high.At least they are not high on whatever or drunk on cider.Leave them alone for Gods sake.

Posted by Stormin Normin on 15 July 2013 at 09:13

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