Pensioner is hurt 'tombstoning'

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Coastguards warned about the dangers of "tombstoning" yesterday after a 75-year-old man jumped from an 80ft beauty spot and was seriously hurt.

The man is believed to have jumped from Durdle Door, Dorset. He landed badly and began to suffer severe abdominal pains, before being airlifted to hospital in Dorchester.

A coastguard spokesman said: "What was being done here was tombstoning; jumping from rocks. It's dangerous."

James Weld, of the Lulworth Estate which owns the beauty spot, said: "It's actually a very, very stupid thing to do because there are a lot of rocks under the water."