Coastguard

HM Coastguard Southend warns residents not to fall stone

HM Coastguard Southend have issued a safety advisory to parents and children, especially teenagers, who fall onto local piers.

As the Easter holidays have arrived and warm weather is approaching, a warning has been issued to residents not to jump off our piers and piers including Barge Pier on Garrison, Gilson Pier on Marine Parade and Bell Wharf Old Leigh.

Tombstone is another word for when people jump off piers or cliffs into the sea.

Over the past two years, HM Coastguard said it has seen an increase in deactivations, mainly from teenagers “who think it’s cool to jump in the water”.

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They have highlighted the hidden dangers and the many incidents they have had as a result of deactivation over the years.

Including the rescue of six teenagers off Barge Pier who had succumbed to cold water shock with two hospitalised.

Another also jumped from Gilson Pier off Marine Parade, which opened a hole in his thigh so large his femur was exposed.

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard Southend said: ‘The message to all parents is please help educate your loved ones about the hidden dangers of deactivation.

“There’s a reason it’s called ‘disabling’ – so don’t let them be one of the stats.”