Man in hospital after ‘tombstoning’ from 85ft cliff near Flamborough

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Flamborough Head'0307-21 i'Thornwick to Bempton

A man was airlifted to hospital on Tuesday evening after allegedly ‘tombstoning’ 85ft from the cliff at Thornwick Bay, Flamborough.

The man - believed to be in his early 20s - is believed to have jumped from the cliff at around 3.30pm while the tide was low, suffering back and head injuries.

Flamborough’s RNLI lifeboat launched at 3.45pm on Tuesday June 18 and were first on the scene.

A spokesperson for the Flamborough RNLI said that on arrival, they found a “young man laid injured who had apparently jumped from the cliff near Thornwick Bay”.

Two volunteer lifeboat crew members, Scott Varty and Cole Ibbotson, waded ashore to assess the casualty and administer first aid.

As it was apparent that the young man may have suffered a back injury, the crew stayed with him until a paramedic was brought round to the scene by the lifeboat.

The RAF Sea King helicopter from Boulmer arrived on scene, and winched the casualty up the cliff, before airlifting him to Hull Royal Infirmary.

A spokesperson for Yorkshire Ambulance Service said that they sent an ambulance and Rapid Response Vehicle to the scene. They confirmed that the casualty had suffered back and head injuries.

It is not thought that the casualty was local.

Flamborough RNLI and the Coastguard remind people that ‘tombstoning’ - the act of jumping into the water from a seawall or cliff - can be dangerous because:

• Water depth alters with the tide – the water may be shallower than it seems

• Submerged objects like rocks may not be visible – they can cause serious impact injuries if you land on them

• The shock of cold water may make it difficult to swim

• Strong currents can rapidly sweep people away.

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