The Ports Division of the Department of Infrastructure is urging people to be aware of the dangers of playing near harbours, particularly if this involves jumping into or swimming in a harbour.
Officers are concerned that members of the public, particularly children and young people, are not aware of the dangers from boats maneuvering, the shock that can occur from entering cold water suddenly and the hazard presented by not knowing the depth of the water.
Jumping from harbour breakwaters or piers is sometimes referred to as “tombstoning” because of the risky nature of this activity.
Although we have been fortunate in the Isle of Man not to have had any serious accidents this is not the case in the UK where there have been several well-publicised incidents of people suffering severe injury as a result of tombstoning.
In an effort to minimize the risk of this activity, the Ports Division has designed and erected safety information signs on all its piers and in the area of Laxey Harbour.
People are urged to take notice of these signs and to listen to any Ports Division officers when they advise that an activity should stop, as they will be aware of any particular dangers in that area.