At 7.30 this
evening, Brixham Coastguard were alerted to a 17 year old in a
poor way who had been ‘tombstoning’ from Plymouth Hoe, just near
the yacht club by the citadel.
He had hurt his chest, so the first informant told the
Coastguard, and he was on the rocks after jumping from the wall
above. He was accompanied by a group of others of a similar age.
The Plymouth Coastguard Rescue Team and RNLI inshore lifeboat
was immediately asked to turn out and an ambulance was called.
The Harbour authorities at the Longroom were informed and
they also began to look for vessels in the immediate area to lend
assistance. The MoD vessel 'Integrity' was
tasked to the area along with a fireboat which stood off. The
local Police were also informed.
Shortly after the
Coastguard was informed that the casualty was on the pavement
dressed in just pants and a t shirt and appeared dazed and
slurring. Shortly afterwards the ambulance arrived and with
Coastguard assistance the local lad was taken to the accident and
emergency room at Derriford hospital on a spinal board.
The Coastguard Team remained in the area and talked to the
remaining youngsters who despite seeing their friend being loaded
into an ambulance in a prone position on a spinal board chose not
to heed any safety advice and went to seek another area of wall
nearer the Barbican from which to jump into the sea below.
Mark Satchell, Brixham Coastguard Watch Manager said
"What can you say? The very efficient A&E
staff at Derriford hospital have now told us that the injured lad
has now been taken to have a computed tomography (CT) scan and
that he had been drinking alcohol during the afternoon. No open
wounds were reported and we are awaiting the hospitals verdict on
any internal injuries.
"We all know that alcohol impairs judgement, but to
jump into the unknown whilst under the influence of drink is just
madness squared. If you want to jump from a high board into water
use a swimming pool. It’s safer."
Notes to Editors
• The MCA is a partner in the Sea Vision UK campaign to raise
awareness and understanding of the sea and maritime activities.
Sea Vision promotes the importance and economic value of the
sector and works to highlight the exciting range of activities and
career opportunities available to young people within the UK
growing maritime sector. www.seavisionuk.org
• • Stay safe - before heading out on the water get trained,
check weather and tides, wear a lifejacket, avoid alcohol and keep
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