Moment tombstoner leaps 200ft off famous Durdle Door rocks

A thrill-seeker was rushed to hospital in an air ambulance today after he ‘tombstoned’ 200ft off the famous Durdle Door rocks, sparking panic among beach-goers.  

Shocking footage showed the unnamed man brazenly leaping off the rocks before plummeting into the sea at the popular tourist spot in Dorset.

Screams and shouts of alarm followed him as landed in the water, before failing to resurface as the clip came to an end. 

The news comes as pictures of tourists were snapped desperately posing for selfies while dangling over the edge of 500ft rocks on the Sussex coast earlier today.

Witnesses quickly called the emergency services with an air ambulance rushing to the scene in the Jurassic Coast.

The man was flown to Dorset County Hospital and was found to have suffered a dislocated shoulder after the stunt. 

The man leapt from Durdle Door rocks

The man leapt from Durdle Door rocks

He plummeted 200ft into the sea

He plummeted 200ft into the sea

The man leapt from Durdle Door rocks and plummeted 200ft into the sea before failing to immediately resurface

An air ambulance was called to take the man to Dorset County Hospital after his leap

An air ambulance was called to take the man to Dorset County Hospital after his leap

An air ambulance was called to take the man to Dorset County Hospital after his leap

He is thought to have been tombstoning, which sees thrill-seekers jump into the sea from a high platform, such as a cliff, bridge or harbour edge.

They maintain a straight posture as they leap so their bodies look like a tombstone when falling. 

In the UK alone, there have been 20 deaths from tombstoning since 2005 alone.  

Scared beach-goers said the man, who was wearing blue swimming shorts, had a bandage wrapped around his shoulder by coastguard officials who led him to the helicopter. 

The horrifying incident follows pictures that emerged showing precariously placed tourists pose for selfies while leaning over the edge of a cliff in Birling Gap, Sussex. 

As people flocked to enjoy the summer sun and the UK’s warmest day of the year on record, tourists were pictured hanging over the edge of the rocks – which would be a 500ft fall to the ground. 

Khawar Khawaja, 38, had driven from Grimsby for a family day out when he saw the man leap off the rocks and said his wife feared the thrill-seeker was trying to kill himself.

He told the Sun: ‘It was really scary to watch, we didn’t know if he was going to come back up at all or how badly he had injured himself. 

‘It’s scary to think that people just jump off of something that high and don’t think that they might hurt themselves.’

As people flocked to enjoy the summer sun  tourists were pictured hanging over the edge of a cliff in Birling Gap, Sussex

As people flocked to enjoy the summer sun  tourists were pictured hanging over the edge of a cliff in Birling Gap, Sussex

As people flocked to enjoy the summer sun  tourists were pictured hanging over the edge of a cliff in Birling Gap, Sussex

A spokesman from Kimmeridge Coastguard said: ‘After another busy day on bank holiday Monday in which the team were tasked to numerous incidents at Durdle Door involving ankle injuries, and a person with a diabetes episode – we were again requested to assist our colleagues at Lulworth Coastguard Rescue Team.

‘Purbeck Police Lulworth Rangers and Lulworth responders [and the two coastguard crews] met at Durdle Door yesterday afternoon.

‘A person had sustained a dislocated shoulder and we were requested to secure a safe cordon for helimed air ambulance after to land and take off on a very crowded beach.

‘With the person on board the casualty was flown to Dorset County Hospital for further treatment.

‘All teams stood down and returned to station.’ 

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