Tombstoning has killed 20 people in last eight years
TWENTY people have died tombstoning from cliffs in the last eight years, according to figures published yesterday by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Out of 234 recorded incidents, there were a whopping 74 injuries and 20 deaths.
Recent such incidents include in Newquay and Mevagissey.
The youngest person to die in an incident was 15 years old and the oldest was 47.
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Of those injured, the youngest was 12 and the oldest was 45.
Two people died performing tombstoning stunts last year. To date, there have been no deaths this year but three injuries.
Tombstoning is the act of jumping from a high place, such as a cliff, into the sea.
Injuries are often caused by people misjudging how deep the water is or by concealed rocks beneath the water’s surface.
If you witness an incident in which someone has been injured, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.