Warning to youngsters after jumping from cliffs

The area to the north of Cullercoats Bay, near Brown's Bay known locally as Dead Man's Drop where youngsters tombstone from.
The area to the north of Cullercoats Bay, near Brown's Bay known locally as Dead Man's Drop where youngsters tombstone from.
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YOUNGSTERS have been warned about the dangers of tombstoning after being spotted jumping into the North Sea.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were called out just after 7.30pm on August 6 after police reports of a number of youths jumping a great height from cliffs to the north of Cullercoats Bay – known locally as ‘Dead Man’s Drop’.

Both members and officers spoke at length to four youths, aged 14 and 15, about the extreme dangers of jumping into the sea along the North Tyneside coast.

The police were alerted to the incident by the landowner, who says it is becoming a regular issue during the summer months as youngsters climb over fences to reach the cliffs and tresspass on his land.

A CCTV camera has been installed in the area to help combat the problem, as both police and lifeguards try to combat the problem.

While TVLB members were en route to the scene, other members were called to Sharpness Point at the south end of Tynemouth Long Sands after reports of two people on rocks cut off by the tide.

But when they arrived, they found the pair were fishing from the rocks and were wearing waders which would allow them to reach the mainland.

Elsewhere, on Thursday, August 2, TVLB crew were called to Tynemouth following reports of a capsized yacht.

RNLI lifeguards used a jet-ski to approach the yacht, which was not in difficulty.

On the same day, just after 8pm, crews were called to Whitley Bay beach after a report of a person in the water.

When they arrived, and using binoculars, they found the ‘person’ was a dan bouy of a set of lobster pots. The first informant was thanked for their vigilance.