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Teenager injured after tombstoning in Seaford
8:00am Wednesday 24th July 2013 in News
A teenager suffered a suspected fractured foot after tombstoning from a pier.
Paramedics were called to Splash Point in Seaford just before 6.45pm on Monday after a 19-year-old man injured himself jumping into the sea from a pier.
A South East Coast Ambulance Service car and ambulance were sent to the scene and the man was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital for further treatment to a potential fracture to his foot.
The daredevil jumped just yards from where new signs have been placed warning beachgoers of the risk of death or serious injury from tombstoning off the pier and groynes.
On Sunday, just after 1.10pm, Newhaven Coastguard went to Splash Point to give advice to a group tombstoning.
A Secamb service spokesman said: “We don’t want to be killjoys but we would advise people not to tombstone.
“It’s dangerous as this incident indicates. A guy has injured himself and looks like he was quite lucky really.
“It’s not nice having a fractured foot but it could have been much worse.
“We would advise people not to jump off anything as you cannot see what’s beneath the water.” Newhaven Lifeboat press officer Alan Novis said: “Tombstoning is something we strongly discourage people from doing.
“The depth of the water changes with the tide, particularly if they don’t know the area and don’t understand the water levels.
“We haven’t had many other incidents so you would like to think that the signs are having an impact.”
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