Teenager injured in harbour leap


WARNINGS aginst ‘tombstoning‘ have been issued after a teenager was injured at St Monans on Saturday.

The 14-year-old injured his leg after jumping into shallow waters from the harbour wall at around 4.40pm.

While he was being rescued by St Andrews coastguard rescue team, two young boys also found themselves in difficulty on the breakwater when they became cut off by the swell.

The on-site rescue team alerted colleagues in the control room and a team from Anstruther Lifeboat attended.

The boys – aged 14 and 15 – were taken back to shore unhurt, while the injured teenager was taken to Ninewells Hospital.

According to harbourmaster Norman Hall, St Monans pier is extremely popular with jumpers.

“The villagers here have been jumping off the pier for hundreds of years,” he said.

“The kids just jump in and go swimming but they do tend to experiment, maybe to show off to friends.”

Unlike Anstruther’s harbour, the sea bed at St Monans has no rocks and accidents, thankfully, tend to be rare, he commented.

“It’s impossible to enforce a no-jump rule, so you just hope the kids exercise a bit of common sense,” he added.

Meanwhile, Fife Council is now considering erecting a warning sign at the harbour and Forth Coastguard has issued a safety warning.

A coastguard spokesperson said ‘tombstoning’, in which a person jumps off high cliffs, piers or harbour walls into the sea, had become increasingly popular among teenagers recently.

“Tombstoning can be fatal,” the spokesperson said.

“It just takes a misjudged jump and you can hit the rocks. It has happened, yet people still do it.”

She added: “There’s been a lot of publicity about the dangers of tombstoning but it’s not something that we can enforce by law; we can only advise.”