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'Tombstone' craze could kill.

Byline: By LUCY BALLINGER Wales on Sunday

Children who 'tombstone' off Wales' rocky coast are being warned: 'Stop dicing with death.' The school summer holiday craze sees youngsters leap from cliffs into the sea, guessing when waves will create water deep enough to break their fall. Three weeks ago, a man died after jumping into a cove near Torquay in Devon, and last year a Welsh teenager was airlifted to hospital after breaking his leg in two places at Llantwit Major.

Swansea Coastguard watch manager Helen Hutson said: 'Local children have been jumping off rocks for years, but now they try to go extreme, either by going higher or jumping in shallower water.

'They're finding more inaccessible and dangerous places but if they get it wrong they are landing on rocks, not sand.

'They can end up breaking their ankle, leg or even worse.'

Tombstoning is particularly popular at Southern Down, Llantwit Major and Friar's Point in Barry.

Tom Roberts, 13, from Boverton, admits he enjoys the buzz.

'It gives me a thrill and excitement. I have jumped off a cliff of 15 to 20ft and would do it again. It is just getting the pool right, working out quite how deep and cold it is. Just before I jump sometimes I get quite scared but then I just do it.'

But Roger Vincent, from the Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents, said last night: 'Anybody who does this is dicing with death.'
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Date:Aug 14, 2005
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