Teen Is Victim; Boy's Spinal Injuries after Pier Leap

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Teen Is Victim; Boy's Spinal Injuries after Pier Leap


Byline: KATIE DAVIES

A TEENAGER was injured when he tombstoned off the North East coast.

Despite a nationwide campaign to stop the latest craze - which has claimed lives in recent years - youngsters ignore the danger to plunge from great heights into the sea.

The latest victim suffered spinal injuries when he plunged from the North Pier at Cullercoats Bay and landed head-first in the water yesterday. The 16-year-old, from Walker, Newcastle, suffered spinal injuries and was taken to North Tyneside General Hospital for treatment.

He was one of many teenagers to flock to the coast to soak up the fine weather at the start of the summer holidays.

As he made his way out of the water, he told RNLI Lifeguards that he had pains in his spine.

Today, as the teenager recovers, lifeguards issued a warning to other jumpers.

Tynemouth Voluntary Lifeboat captain Peter Lilley said: "We would tell everyone to be careful when taking part in this type of thing. …

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