2 people remain seriously injured after jumping off the arch at Durdle Door

2 people remain seriously injured after jumping off the arch at Durdle Door

Published by Mike Draper at 8:51am 31st May 2020. (Updated at 10:20am 31st May 2020)

Emergency services declared a 'critical' incident after several people jumped off the arch at Durdle Door on Saturday afternoon (30th May).

Dorset Police was called at 3.43pm to a report of concern for the safety of people who were jumping off the cliff into the sea.

Officers went to the scene to help the ambulance service, HM Coastguard and the RNLI with clearing the area.

Four people were taken to hospital - with the Lulworth Coastguard saying two are still in a serious way on Sunday morning. 

The beach was closed to allow two air ambulances to land and people were asked to make their way home.

The, two of those injured were flown to Southampton's major trauma centre.

Lulworth Coastguard wrote on Facebook that:

"Upsetting scenes like we and many others witnessed yesterday illustrate how very dangerous tombstoning is.

We couldn’t discourage it enough."

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It's been confirmed that roads to both Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove will remain closed today (Sunday 31st May), with anyone trying to get to the coast there warned they will be turned around.

A spokesman for Poole Police said:

"The arch of Durdle Door is approximately 200 feet in height.

"Hitting water from that height can be critical.

"This is further compounded by tides, currents and altering depth of the sea bed. It is not an appropriate location for this type of activity."