HARBOUR DANGER WARNING FOR KIDS
POLICE have warned youngsters who are "risking their lives" jumping into Burry Port harbour.
Dyfed-Powys Police and Carmarthenshire Council have spoken out over the dangerous activity — known as tombstoning — saying people have been jumping from the harbour bridge during the summer.
And the force have also warned other lives could be put at risk after the Coastguard complained life rings were being used inappropriately.
"The Coastguard have come to us expressing concern that the youngsters engaging in this practice were using the life rings to help them get out of the water," said Sergeant Stuart Bell.
"That is not what the life rings are there for.
"They are there in case someone gets into difficulty swimming and could offer them an essential lifeline.
"The worry is these youngsters will use the life rings but not put them back where they got them from.
"That could put someone else's life at risk in the future.
"I'd ask local youngsters and their parents to bear this in mind and behave more responsibly."
And a Carmarthenshire Council spokesman said youngsters were risking serious injury.
"We are working with police to try and stop this practice which often recurs in school holiday times," he said.
"Rangers and harbour staff speak to them but many of the youngsters are offensive and police have to be called. But as soon as backs are turned they are at it again.
"There is also a problem with some life safety aids being wrecked and lost by their antics.
"They are taken from their emergency stations and used as playthings in the water. As well as risking their own lives by jumping their are also putting the lives of others at risk who might need the life aids in any water emergency."
And harbour master Rory Dickinson appealed to parents to speak to their children.
"We really would like to appeal to parents to have a word with their children before someone is seriously hurt or killed," he said.
"They are jumping into the unknown because anything could lie under the water."
The council is now looking at putting temporary fencing up over the bank holiday to prevent the nuisance.
But the measures could make the harbour unsightly to its many visitors at peak holiday times.