Jumping into the sea from walls or piers is called tombstoning for a reason. Since 2004, around 20 people in the UK have died from it. People who jump don’t know how shallow the water could be, or what’s under the water – like rocks. The shock of cold water may make it difficult to swim, and currents can sweep people away. Young children may also watch older ones and want to copy them.
Please talk to your children about the dangers of jumping into the sea.
Our Community Wardens and youth workers work to help keep young people safe. You can report incidents or concerns to the wardens on 0800 085 3840. If you’re concerned about crime, call police on 101. If life is in danger, or in another emergency, call 999.