According to Wikipedia and other sources, tombstoning is described as the act of jumping in a straight vertical posture into the sea or other body of water from a high jumping platform, such as a cliff. The posture of the body, resembling a tombstone gives the activity its name.
Tombstoning among the youth has been growing in popularity in recent years and has resulted in numerous head/spinal injuries as well as fatalities. This trend has been growing in recent years which concerns many agencies such as Los Angeles County Lifeguards, Newport Beach and even Huntington Beach Lifeguards to name a few.
The danger of tombstoning can’t be understated enough. Many of those who have dared to partake of tombstoning have either sustained life-long injury such as paralysis/brain damage or have died. In a split second, the life of a person has forever changed and sadly not for the better.
There are a number of dangers associated with tombstoning:
- Water Depth
- Cold Water Shock
- Rip Tides
- Height of Jump
- Night Jumping
Statistics show for example that between 2004 to 2008 there were 139 incidents coast to coast that sent people to the emergency room and of those 12 were fatalities. We are certain that there have been more since that time and that concerns us a great deal!
There are additional contributing factors to the rise of tombstoning such as drugs/alcohol and the most dangerous of them all is peer pressure/bullying.
There is no doubt that this activity will continue and there will be countless numbers of injuries and deaths. Kid are dying for the sake of that adrenaline rush and to impress their friends.