RNLI rescue as cold water shocks ‘tombstoner’

Generic picture of tombstoning craze
Generic picture of tombstoning craze

A young man was taken to safety after a ‘tombstoning’ incident in the sea in Arbroath on Easter Monday.

The Arbroath RNLI responded to a call at 2.08 p.m. following reports that there was a person in difficulty near Arbroath.

An RNLI spokesperson said: “Upon arriving at the scene a crew member from the inshore lifeboat climbed ashore to attend to the casualty, who had managed to scramble on to rocks.”

He had jumped into the water north of the Deil’s Heid, before getting into trouble.

A spokesperson from the Montrose HM Coastguard commented: “Once on scene it was discovered that a group of youths had been tombstoning. He was transferred to waiting medical attention due to the water temperature.”

The casualty had sustained some cuts and bruises.

Alex Smith, Arbroath lifeboat operations manager, said: “We hope everyone enjoys themselves safely but please bear in mind the sea can be extremely dangerous so take appropriate precautions.”