Top dangers of cliff diving – impact speed
People often misguidedly believe that the water will cushion their fall when diving off cliffs, bridges or other structures. The truth is, you will pick up sufficient speed during your fall to make the impact with the water feel like you are hitting a brick wall. A 20 ft (6.1 m) drop, for example, means you will be hitting the water at 25 mph (40.23 km/h). Diving from a 60 ft (18.3 m) cliff means you will hit the surface at around 60 mph (96.56 km/h). At these speeds, just hitting the water can cause serious personal injuries including:
Spinal injuries including paralysis
Hitting the water at high speeds and at the wrong angle could even result in fatal injuries.
Top dangers of cliff diving – below the surface
Jumping into natural bodies of water also means you are at risk of hitting submerged rocks, floating wood or other hard objects just below the surface. If the water is not as deep as expected, you could also hit the bottom of the sea, lake or river. Even if the target area is checked immediately before a jump, something may float by at the last minute. What’s more, water is constantly moving and changing from one second to the next. This, of course, makes it very difficult to accurately gauge depth. Potential injuries if you get it wrong are the same as those mentioned above.
Top dangers of cliff diving – drowning
Sinking into the water can cause jumpers to become disoriented. This can cause panic, which may be added to by injuries making it difficult to swim. The combination of disorientation, pain and panic, in turn, may lead to drowning.
Cliff diving accidents
Even experienced cliff divers with years of experience occasionally suffer accidental injuries. Sometimes, these injuries are caused by someone else’s mistakes. If you were injured in a water sports accident for which someone else was responsible, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Call our Accident Advice Helpline freephone number now to learn more. The numbers to call from your mobile or UK landline respectively are 0333 500 0993 and 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice