Highlighting the dangers of jumping

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TAYSIDE Police have issued a stark warning to those who jump from bridges for thrills or pranks.

This follows a number of incidents in Tayside where men have been seen jumping from bridges and 999 calls then being made by concerned members of the public.

The incidents were then found to be pranks with those involved filming each other.

Inspector Ian Martin said: “A number of police officers along with Tayside Fire and Rescue Services were deployed in a search and rescue capacity, including four fire appliances with 16 fire service personnel and eight police officers.

“All three men have been traced, arrested and charged with a Breach of the Peace.

“The alarm they caused to the public witnessing their actions and waste of public resources in the subsequent “rescue” operation was irresponsible, however, their antics could have had even more serious consequences.”

There have been tragedies in Tayside in recent years, as well as elsewhere in Scotland and the UK, when people have been attracted to open water during the summer season.

Tayside Police would ask people to take the utmost care when they are around any area of open water, whether it be river, loch or sea.

People should never overestimate their own swimming abilities, or be fooled by apparently calm surfaces. Open waters are often subject to strong natural forces – including their varying currents, temperatures and depths.

Wherever possible, only swim in designated areas, never swim alone and do not take to the water if you have been drinking alcohol. Never allow children to swim unsupervised.

Tayside Police would also discourage people from the dangerous act of “tombstoning” whether from cliffs, bridges, or harbour walls. Jumping or diving into water from a height is inherently dangerous given uncertainty over the water’s depth and the force at which a person can enter the water.