Coastguard and RNLI search for teenager after threat to jump off Saltburn Pier as part of NekNomination craze

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A COASTGUARD team and RNLI crew were sent out tonight to search for teenager threatening to jump from Saltburn Pier - and it later emerged he was involved in the NekNomination craze sweeping the internet.

Humber Coastguard was called by Cleveland Police at just after 5pm following reports that the youngster was threatening to jump into the rough seas from the pier.

When the teams on scene could not find the teenager, further investigations revealed that he was at home.

According to a statement released tonight by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, he had posted his intention to jump from the pier on social media after taking part in a game of NekNominate this afternoon.

The craze involves people nominating others through social media to down a drink, usually alcoholic, while carrying out a dare.

Two deaths have been linked to the game in Ireland.

Humber Coastguard Watch Manager Bev Allen said: "The craze of NekNominate is spreading virally through Facebook but before accepting your mission please just stop and think about what you are doing.

"If you have been drinking, your judgement will be impaired and you will be more likely to be overcome by the cold, dark sea. Your acceptance of the dare is highly likely to be life threatening.

"Alcohol is a contributory factor in a significant number of coastal drownings every year. Alcohol and sea water really don’t mix."

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8:05pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Andyleigh says...

Let the moron jump.
Let the moron jump. Andyleigh
  • Score: 15

8:27pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Given the calls to ban guns everytime somebody uses one to kill somebody - can we now expect a call for the banning of piers, waves, and the sea?

Or will society wake up and realise that the inanimate objects (the gun, pier, wave, sea) are not the problem - just those with an IQ that should deprive them of liberty, and the ability either to breed or vote.
Given the calls to ban guns everytime somebody uses one to kill somebody - can we now expect a call for the banning of piers, waves, and the sea? Or will society wake up and realise that the inanimate objects (the gun, pier, wave, sea) are not the problem - just those with an IQ that should deprive them of liberty, and the ability either to breed or vote. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 8

9:40pm Wed 5 Feb 14

youcantdenythetruth says...

This is natural selection taking place. Let it happen.
This is natural selection taking place. Let it happen. youcantdenythetruth
  • Score: 9

11:30pm Wed 5 Feb 14

johnny_p says...

" It later emerged he was involved in the NekNomination craze sweeping the internet."

Did it? From where? It may or may not be true but now newspapers have picked up on the "NekNomination" buzzword they'll be determined to concoct a story from it.

I just hope the teenager involved is okay.
" It later emerged he was involved in the NekNomination craze sweeping the internet." Did it? From where? It may or may not be true but now newspapers have picked up on the "NekNomination" buzzword they'll be determined to concoct a story from it. I just hope the teenager involved is okay. johnny_p
  • Score: 1

11:43pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Longbowman666 says...

What moron gets 'dared' to do something like this whilst downing a drink and goes and does it?

Someone should really get a grip of these nutjobs on social media sites and ban stupid things like this, where the person not only puts themselves at risk but also plays with the lives of those who seek to rescue them!

And Facebook etc was such a good idea, wasn't it...?
What moron gets 'dared' to do something like this whilst downing a drink and goes and does it? Someone should really get a grip of these nutjobs on social media sites and ban stupid things like this, where the person not only puts themselves at risk but also plays with the lives of those who seek to rescue them! And Facebook etc was such a good idea, wasn't it...? Longbowman666
  • Score: -2

12:01am Thu 6 Feb 14

johnny_p says...

Longbowman666 wrote:
What moron gets 'dared' to do something like this whilst downing a drink and goes and does it?

Someone should really get a grip of these nutjobs on social media sites and ban stupid things like this, where the person not only puts themselves at risk but also plays with the lives of those who seek to rescue them!

And Facebook etc was such a good idea, wasn't it...?
Do you believe everything you read in the newspapers? Can you confirm that he was there because of a "NekNomination craze"?

Perhaps he was depressed and threatening to jump? Who knows- I certainly don't. Certainly calling someone "a moron" when you don't know the full story doesn't help.
[quote][p][bold]Longbowman666[/bold] wrote: What moron gets 'dared' to do something like this whilst downing a drink and goes and does it? Someone should really get a grip of these nutjobs on social media sites and ban stupid things like this, where the person not only puts themselves at risk but also plays with the lives of those who seek to rescue them! And Facebook etc was such a good idea, wasn't it...?[/p][/quote]Do you believe everything you read in the newspapers? Can you confirm that he was there because of a "NekNomination craze"? Perhaps he was depressed and threatening to jump? Who knows- I certainly don't. Certainly calling someone "a moron" when you don't know the full story doesn't help. johnny_p
  • Score: -1

2:11pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Butafly says...

every incident at the moment will be tied with the neknom craze, goes to show people are jumping on the band wagon blaming neknom, the lad was at home NOT trying to drown himself.

That wasnt me daring people to jump on a wagon by the way haha.

Theres enjoyment of having afew drinks doing the odd dare..for just a laugh, not to do stupid things for gawd sake.
Anyway what type of 'friend' would dare someone to jump in the sea/a river, or run across a busy road,etc foooooooooooools
every incident at the moment will be tied with the neknom craze, goes to show people are jumping on the band wagon blaming neknom, the lad was at home NOT trying to drown himself. That wasnt me daring people to jump on a wagon by the way haha. Theres enjoyment of having afew drinks doing the odd dare..for just a laugh, not to do stupid things for gawd sake. Anyway what type of 'friend' would dare someone to jump in the sea/a river, or run across a busy road,etc foooooooooooools Butafly
  • Score: 2

2:19pm Thu 6 Feb 14

PooterMan says...

Some people seriously need to re-evaluate their friendships and alcohol usage
Some people seriously need to re-evaluate their friendships and alcohol usage PooterMan
  • Score: 1

2:25pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Butafly says...

pooterman..its why they do as they told coz they love their 'friends' lol, people like that were called bullys at 1 point.

Im yet to hear of someone taking a cow,taking it in Mc Ds then eating a burger haha.
Only joking by the way just incase people take offence
pooterman..its why they do as they told coz they love their 'friends' lol, people like that were called bullys at 1 point. Im yet to hear of someone taking a cow,taking it in Mc Ds then eating a burger haha. Only joking by the way just incase people take offence Butafly
  • Score: 1

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