Ravine 'tombstoning' man rescued from River Glascarnoch

A man has been rescued from a ravine after breaking his ankles "tombstoning" off a bridge in Ross-shire.

The ambulance service called coastguard teams to River Glascarnoch, near Garve, at 18:00 on Saturday and the Stornoway coastguard helicopter was scrambled.

Officers scaled the ravine and the man, who was in his early twenties, was floated down the river on a spinal board placed on a flat-based dinghy.

He was then taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness by air ambulance.

Aberdeen Coastguard watch manager Kevin Brown said: "Jumping from bridges, piers, cliffs or other structures into water can be very dangerous.

"You do not know what lurks under the surface and the depth of tidal waters changes considerably.

"In the past six years there have been 16 deaths and 50 serious injuries caused by tombstoning."

Northern Constabulary warned of the dangers of the deadly tombstoning craze, where a person jumps from a height into water.

A spokesman said: "Jumping or diving into open water is extremely dangerous as water depths can vary and can often be shallower than anticipated.

"There may also be submerged rocks that may not be visible and the impact of cold water and strong currents may make swimming very difficult."

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