Teenagers warned of tombstoning dangers off Splash Point

Splash point, Seaford'06/01/12
Splash point, Seaford'06/01/12

Police have warned youngsters about the dangers of tombstoning, after a number of teenagers were spotted jumping off the large groyne at Splash Point in Seaford this week.

About half a dozen youngsters aged between 14 and 18-years-old were spotted repeatedly jumping off the groyne and into the sea on Wednesday afternoon and early evening.

Seaford Police responded to a number of complaints about the incident and have issued a warning to youngsters and their parents about the dangers of tombstoning.

PC Stuart Hyde said: “This area is clearly signposted to prevent people from going beyond the barriers and that tombstoning is prohibited.

“We want to reinforce how dangerous this activity is. These signs are there for a reason. Though it may not appear very high, there are a great deal of submerged hazards around the groyne and there is a potential for very serious injury and even drowning.

“I would ask all parents to emphasise this to their children the next time they say they are going to play at the beach.”

The fast-growing craze of tombstoning, which involves jumping into water from cliffs, piers and other structures, has claimed the lives of 20 people and injured more than 60 over the past nine years.

The name is said to come from the aim of entering the water upright and straight, like a tombstone — not that anyone seems to care much about style in the YouTube clips that have popularised it nationwide in recent years.