Blue Lagoon tombstone accident results in spinal injury
A 16-year-old boy who wrecked Abereiddy’s 30ft quarry is being treated for a broken spine following a major lifesaving operation on Tuesday afternoon.
The teenager, who lives in Bradford and was vacationing in Pembrokeshire with his family, had already managed to jump off the set once, so he decided to do it again.
Sam slammed the surface hard in what his mother described as “a seated position”, but experts later described this as the equivalent of “hitting on concrete”.
“Because he’s a good swimmer, we initially thought Sam was waiting for the others to come out first,” said his mother, Lindsay Wilson.
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“But then we noticed he had turned pale and was clinging to the rocks.”
Fortunately, the local coasteering company ‘Celtic Quest Coasteering’ was leading a team in the Blue Lagoon at the same time, and seeing that Sam was in trouble, immediately went to his aid.
They managed to put him on his back and, using a paddle board as a makeshift stretcher, tied his neck and swam him to shore.
The Fishguard Coastguard was called and, after the public was evacuated from the site, the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter transported them from the cliffs to a waiting ambulance.
He was transferred to Glangwili where a CT scan confirmed he had a spinal fracture.
Meanwhile, a National Water Safety spokesperson pointed out the dangers of deactivation.
“While we recognize that deactivation has been happening around our coasts for generations, in recent years it has attracted attention for all the wrong reasons. And unfortunately a number of people have been killed or seriously injured. “, did he declare.
The name “tombstone” was adopted because of the way a person sinks into deep water similar to a stone.
However, because the depth of the water changes with the tide, the water can often be shallower than the person thinks. Submerged rocks are not always visible while strong currents can quickly sweep people away.
“Our message is simple – don’t jump into the unknown,” National Water Safety concluded.
“Because tombstone involves jumping or diving from a great height into water, it can be a very high-risk activity.”