News Image
Dangers of “tombstoning” and jumping into water from a heigh

Cork County Council and Irish Water Safety warn of the dangers of “tombstoning” and jumping into water from a height

Cork County Council is asking people not to make a snap decision that may have lifelong consequences for the person involved together with their family.

The Council is reminding members of the public that jumping from a height, including jumping from rocks, piers, harbours, bridges, banks of rivers, walls, cliffs, boats presents huge risks to personal safety and often to the safety of rescue personnel. 

Dr. Tony Lynch, working with the Beach Lifeguard Team in County Cork, recently highlighted how this type of behaviour can result in painful injuries, stating that, “Patients present with broken heel bones, ankles fractured, shattered patellas, dislocated and fractured hips but also very serious spinal injuries”. These injuries also present an increased risk of drowning.  Advice is also given against jumping into a body of water without being fully aware of what is under the surface.  Caution should be taken even where deep water is assured as impact with the water’s surface can cause bodily harm. 

Caroline Casey, Cork County Council Water and Road Safety Development Office, in reiterating this message went on to say, “Everyone loves the exhilaration of jumping off a height in to perfectly clear water.  It is the dream holiday photo.  However, when you have seen the damage a jump from a height can do to a body then you have a very different picture in your head.”
“The simple truth is you just do not know what you will encounter once your body breaks the surface of the water. Your interpretation of depth (location of objects beneath the surface and even the bottom of the water itself) are effected by refraction of light.”

Irish Water Safety are warning young people of the consequences of "tombstoning" into the sea after a number of youths were filmed jumping from cliffs in County Clare recently, narrowly missing the rocks below before entering the sea.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy is asking the people of Cork to be safe around water, “We have a beautiful coastline here in Cork which is there to be enjoyed.  With the good weather and holiday season I am asking everyone to always put your safety, and the safety of others, first.”


Cork County Council Beach Lifeguard Service Monthly Rescue Statistics July 2018. 

Rescues   8 

Rescue Craft    7

1st Aid    353

Lost child    6

Advice Given    6145

Accident Prevented 2869

In advance of the August Bank Holiday Weekend we are again reminding the public to 

•         Swim in Lifeguarded Swimming Areas

•         Supervise children in and around water at all times

•         Swim between the Red over Yellow Flags close and parallel to the shore

•         Do not use Inflatables at the Beach

•         Do not participate in hazardous behaviour of jumping from a height into water

•         Never ever drink alcohol and swim

•         Swim within your depth and stay within your depth

•         Never swim on your own.

Service Area