People have been urged not to jump off piers this summer after previous tragedies.

A warning has been issued by Worthing Borough Council as temperatures rise and more people flock to the coast.

The council has warned that jumping off the pier, also known as tombstoning, could cause life-changing injuries or death.

A spokesman for Worthing Borough Council said: "Jumping off Worthing Pier might look tempting in hot weather, but we’re urging everyone to not risk life-changing injuries or death by ‘tombstoning.’

"Even at high tide the water surrounding the pier isn't deep enough, making jumping, diving or somersaulting off it extremely dangerous.

"Please use the sea safely and enter the water from the beach."

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The warning comes after several tragic incidents in recent years across the county, including people jumping off Brighton Palace Pier.

In 2022, 47-year-old John Horseman dived off the Brighton Palace Pier while visiting the city with friends.

Despite being a strong swimmer, he became unconscious in the water and was in cardiac arrest by the time first responders reached him.

His life support was later turned off at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton after it was established he had excessive brain damage.

A 39-year-old man also died in 2015 after reportedly jumping off the pier in Brighton.

In 2011, a man in his late 20s from London was left hurt after he jumped about 40ft from the pier into just three feet of water.

He was pulled from the water and taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital with suspected spinal and head injuries.

His friend jumped into the water after him but escaped unhurt.

ROSPA, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to help people reduce the risk of accidents, warned that tombstoning is dangerous for a number of reasons.

This includes the water being shallower than it seems, submerged objects in the sea that may not be visible from above and strong currents which can sweep people away.

People can also struggle to get out of the way and can struggle to swim as a result of the temperature of the sea.

A spokesman for ROSPA said: "Tombstoning offers a high-risk, high-impact experience but it can have severe and life-threatening consequences."