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Diver, 23, found unconscious in the sea after tombstoning off cliff

A cliff jumper had to be rescued after he tombstoned into the sea and stopped breathing.

Tombstoning consists of jumping or diving off heights and into water.

This can involve leaping from high-up ledges like cliffs or piers into the water below and it is often known how deep the water below is and if it contains other hazards such as rocks.

Dyfed-Powys Police say a man had to be rescued after jumping off a cliff on Saturday evening.

Officers were called to the beach opposite St Catherine’s Island at around 6.15pm on April 10, where a man had got into difficulty after jumping off the cliff into the water.

The RNLI were also at the scene and were administering CPR to the 23-year-old who was unconscious and not breathing.

The beach opposite St Catherine’s Island, Tenby

The 23-year-old was pulled from the water unconscious after he tombstoned off a cliff

Fortunately, he regained consciousness shortly after and was taken to hospital for assessment.

Inspector Gavin Howells said: “This incident highlights the serious danger posed by tombstoning or cliff jumping, and the potentially life-threatening consequences.

“We urge people not to take part in this sort of activity anywhere along our coastline, and not to put themselves or the emergency services at risk for a thrill.

“We would like to thank our colleagues at the RNLI for their swift response to this incident, and for their actions which most likely saved this man’s life.”



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