Moment tombstoner leaps 200ft off famous Durdle Door rocks

Moment moronic tombstoner leaps 200ft off famous Durdle Door rocks … sparking screams from beach-goers who call air ambulance in panic

  • Unnamed man leapt from Durdle Door rocks in Dorset in front of shocked crowd 
  • Footage showed him plummeting 200ft as he ‘tombstoned’ off the famous rocks 
  • He suffered a dislocated shoulder and was taken to hospital in an air ambulance 

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. 

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

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 and plummeted 200ft into the sea before failing to immediately resurface

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.   

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.’

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

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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