Durdle Door: Coastguard warns over tombstoning after three hurt jumping 70ft
May. 31, 2020
People have been warned against the dangers of tombstoning after three were seriously hurt jumping 70ft (21m) from a cliff on Dorset's Jurassic Coast.
The casualties were taken to hospital following the incident at Durdle Door at about 16:00 BST on Saturday.
Lulworth Coastguard Rescue Team said four people jumped from the arch into the sea at the famous beauty spot, egged on by crowds.
"We couldn't discourage it enough", the Coastguard said.
One of the casualties had to be pulled from the sea bed. Another jumped from the arch but managed to stagger back to friends before falling "very unwell".
Both were airlifted to the major trauma centre in Southampton.
Image copyright Dorset Police Image caption People were asked to leave the beach so air ambulances could land
A third person had serious injuries to his body and was taken by ambulance to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester.
The ages and gender of those involved has not been disclosed.
Lulworth Coastguard Rescue Team said: "We understand that four individuals jumped from Durdle Door (some 70ft) yesterday, encouraged by the crowds on the beach.
"Upsetting scenes like we and many others witnessed yesterday illustrate how very dangerous tombstoning is."
Image copyright PA Image caption Durdle Door is a natural arch on Dorset's Jurassic Coast
On Sunday Dorset Police tweeted that Durdle Door and the Lulworth Cove area remained closed. Dorset Council also asked visitors to avoid the area.
Skip Twitter post by @dorsetpolice Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove remain closed today along with approach roads to the area. Please do not travel as you will be turned away. https://t.co/J1VB0DNz9Z — Dorset Police (@dorsetpolice) May 31, 2020 Report End of Twitter post by @dorsetpolice
The area has seen large numbers of visitors during the recent hot weather after lockdown restrictions were eased.
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