A multi-agency rescue operation took place in Tenby last night, after a person was injured whilst jumping into the sea from rocks at the back of Tenby pier.
Tenby RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch shortly before 8 pm on Thursday, August 17, after the Coastguard received a call reporting that a person had been injured whilst jumping from rocks.
The RNLI volunteer crew were quickly on scene and two crew members were put ashore on the rocks to assess the casualty and provide pain relief.
They were soon joined by a Welsh Ambulance Service first responder and a member of HM Coastguard Tenby.
With the casualty now assessed and receiving pain relief, it was decided to remove him from the rocks.
He was taken aboard the lifeboat and dropped ashore at Tenby harbour and left in the care of the Welsh Ambulance and Coastguard.
The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 8.50 pm.
A spokesperson for Tenby RNLI said that it was a ‘great example of multi-agency teamwork’.
Safety concerns over youngsters and adults alike jumping off the end of Tenby harbour pier and around the area resurfaced ahead of the summer, with a decision made by the Local Authority and partner agencies to now close off the area during high tides.
Campaigns such as ‘Be Water Aware’ and ‘Respect The Water’ have continued to spread the safety message in recent years, highlighting hidden dangers of swimming and jumping in the harbour area.
The act of ‘tombstoning’ is considered dangerous because of the risk of hitting water from a height and that posed by underwater hazards such as rocks and shallow water.