13/05/2008

'Tombstoning' Man Breaks Neck

A 20-year-old man who was injured while allegedly taking part in the extreme sport craze 'tombstoning' may never walk again.

Sonny Wells from Waterlooville, Hampshire was airlifted to hospital on Sunday after diving into shallow water from a pier at Southsea, Hants.

Reports have suggested the water may have been as shallow as three feet.

Police have revealed the young man was taken to Southampton General Hospital and has a broken neck.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary said: "He broke his neck in the fall and has been told that he may not walk again.

"He will be remaining in Southampton General Hospital for the foreseeable future as he begins treatment."

Police and coastguards have issued warnings of the dangers of 'tombstoning' - an extreme sport craze where people jump off cliffs or rocks into the sea.

Dave Scullion of Brixton Coastguards in Devon spoke out against the dangers of the potentially fatal activity.

"This is one way to ruin not only a pleasant afternoon for yourself, but very possibly the rest of your life.

"Tombstoning is madness whichever way you look at it. An individual has no real idea what they are jumping into and the tidal flow alters the depth of water dramatically."

See: Two Injured During Alleged 'Tombstoning' Incidents

(JM)

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