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Boy, 12, taken to hospital after being injured “tombstoning” in Aberdeenshire harbour

Wednesday August 28th 2019 at 7:41 AM


A young boy was taken to hospital after he was injured “tombstoning” in an Aberdeenshire harbour yesterday.

Stonehaven Coastguard Team were called to Gourdon Harbour at around 5.20pm after reports of a person in the water.

They were helped by Montrose CRT, RNLI Montrose, RNLI Stonehaven and HMCG Rescue 151 – police and ambulance were also there.

Upon arrival they found the young boy had been pulled from the water by bystanders after suffering head injuries tombstoning, or jumping from a high platform like a cliff, bridge, or harbour edge into the sea.

The 12-year-old was treated at the scene before being taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for further care.

“Jumping off of harbour walls and other structures into water can be really dangerous, says

Coastguard Gordon Barton said: “Jumping off of harbour walls and other structures into water can be really dangerous.

“What might have been a deep pool can become a shallow puddle just a few hours later and you do not know what else is below the water. 

“Please don’t jump into the unknown.”

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