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July 25 2012

Newhaven Port Authority has issued the following warning notice: 

Over the past two days, youths have caused damage to Newhaven Port Property whilst accessing certain "jumping sites" within the port. The public are reminded that the port is covered by CCTV and action will be taken against offenders caught damaging property.

It is criminal damage and parents are requested to bring this to the attention of the their children.

The Port Authority will not hesitate to call the Police and have the offenders arrested for criminal damage.

What is Tombstoning?

Tombstoning involves jumping or diving from a height into water.

It is a high-risk activity, which is unregulated and undertaken by unsupervised individuals.

Tombstoning is dangerous because:

- Water depth alters with the tide; the water may be shallower than it seems

- Submerged objects like rocks may not be visible; they can cause serious injury or death if you jump onto them

- The shock of cold water may make it difficult to swim or cause heart failure

- Strong currents can rapidly sweep people away

- Persons can be sucked towards passing ships and boats, drowned or mangled in propellors

Think before you jump. Don't let alcohol, drugs or peer pressure affect your judgement. Even if you are jumping safely, children may be watching and copy your actions.

In the last few years there have been at least 14 deaths and 40 serious injuries due to tombstoning.

Don't jump into the unknown.

It is both dangerous and forbidden to jump, dive or swim anywhere within Newhaven Harbour Limits.

Offenders are liable to prosecution.