Mother of Nick Biddlecombe, left paralysed after tombstoning at Lepe Beach, describes Mo Farah as a 'plonker' after jump in the Caribbean

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A HAMPSHIRE mum has labelled Olympic hero Mo Farah a “plonker” after he posted a video of himself tombstoning 100ft off a cliff.

Carol Biddlecombe, whose son Nick was left paralysed after tombstoning at Lepe Beach 14 years ago, branded the multiple gold medallists as “irresponsible” and urged others not to copy his antics.

Nick, from Blackfield, was just 17 when he was left wheelchair-bound after shattering his neck when he hit a submerged rock in the sea after he and his friends began daring each other to take the plunge off an old lifeboat slipway.

Daily Echo:

Mo Farah jumping from a cliff in the Caribbean

Carol's plea to youngsters comes after the athlete posted a short video on his Facebook page, showing him leaping the height of six double-decker buses into the sea off cliffs on a private island owned by Sir Richard Branson, in the Caribbean.

Carol, 57, added: “If he wanted to do it on his own time then I can't stop him, but he shouldn't have made it public.

“He has a following of impressionable young people who are going to want to copy him. He's a plonker.

“My son is paralysed from the shoulders down. He can't do anything for himself or anyone else. To anyone watching that video and thinking about copying it, just don't do it. It's not worth it.”

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12:14pm Sun 2 Feb 14

southy says...

There,s a big difference between shallow water and deep water, you jump into water and the max depth the human body can go is around 4.5 meters with out an aid to go deeper, where Mo Farah was jumping into was a lot deeper that the require depth of water and the only problem he would of had would be bad timing as a wave could push him into the rocks and not out wards.
There,s a big difference between shallow water and deep water, you jump into water and the max depth the human body can go is around 4.5 meters with out an aid to go deeper, where Mo Farah was jumping into was a lot deeper that the require depth of water and the only problem he would of had would be bad timing as a wave could push him into the rocks and not out wards. southy
  • Score: 10

12:45pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Linesman says...

Southy is right this time.

I have no doubt that Mo was well aware of the depth of water that he was jumping into, but it would appear that, unfortunately, Nick Biddlecombe did not.

When I was a kid, I went to Lepe Beach a number of times, and was told never to jump or dive off of the wall into the 'sluice' as it was dangerous, but other kids did, and there were accidents.
Southy is right this time. I have no doubt that Mo was well aware of the depth of water that he was jumping into, but it would appear that, unfortunately, Nick Biddlecombe did not. When I was a kid, I went to Lepe Beach a number of times, and was told never to jump or dive off of the wall into the 'sluice' as it was dangerous, but other kids did, and there were accidents. Linesman
  • Score: 19

2:08pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Mary80 says...

Shame the woman didn't teach her son not to jump off dangerous things
Shame the woman didn't teach her son not to jump off dangerous things Mary80
  • Score: 2

4:06pm Sun 2 Feb 14

coyr82 says...

Mary80 wrote:
Shame the woman didn't teach her son not to jump off dangerous things
what a ignorant thing to say, do you know this man ? i went to school with nick and have seen him a few times since his awful accident, the way he has got on with his life and made the best he can of a split second error of judgement would be an inspiration to any normal person. to me the family are just trying to highlight the dangers of tombstoning , besides would every 17 year old do as they are told/taught to do all the time ? i certainly didnt
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Shame the woman didn't teach her son not to jump off dangerous things[/p][/quote]what a ignorant thing to say, do you know this man ? i went to school with nick and have seen him a few times since his awful accident, the way he has got on with his life and made the best he can of a split second error of judgement would be an inspiration to any normal person. to me the family are just trying to highlight the dangers of tombstoning , besides would every 17 year old do as they are told/taught to do all the time ? i certainly didnt coyr82
  • Score: 23

4:54pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Norwegian Saint says...

coyr82 wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Shame the woman didn't teach her son not to jump off dangerous things
what a ignorant thing to say, do you know this man ? i went to school with nick and have seen him a few times since his awful accident, the way he has got on with his life and made the best he can of a split second error of judgement would be an inspiration to any normal person. to me the family are just trying to highlight the dangers of tombstoning , besides would every 17 year old do as they are told/taught to do all the time ? i certainly didnt
I also know Nick and he is a great lad that was in an awful and avoidable accident. Carol is doing the right thing, she is only trying to highlight the dangers and if it makes just ONE child think about the dangers then it's worth it.
[quote][p][bold]coyr82[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Shame the woman didn't teach her son not to jump off dangerous things[/p][/quote]what a ignorant thing to say, do you know this man ? i went to school with nick and have seen him a few times since his awful accident, the way he has got on with his life and made the best he can of a split second error of judgement would be an inspiration to any normal person. to me the family are just trying to highlight the dangers of tombstoning , besides would every 17 year old do as they are told/taught to do all the time ? i certainly didnt[/p][/quote]I also know Nick and he is a great lad that was in an awful and avoidable accident. Carol is doing the right thing, she is only trying to highlight the dangers and if it makes just ONE child think about the dangers then it's worth it. Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 12

5:42pm Sun 2 Feb 14

southy says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
coyr82 wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Shame the woman didn't teach her son not to jump off dangerous things
what a ignorant thing to say, do you know this man ? i went to school with nick and have seen him a few times since his awful accident, the way he has got on with his life and made the best he can of a split second error of judgement would be an inspiration to any normal person. to me the family are just trying to highlight the dangers of tombstoning , besides would every 17 year old do as they are told/taught to do all the time ? i certainly didnt
I also know Nick and he is a great lad that was in an awful and avoidable accident. Carol is doing the right thing, she is only trying to highlight the dangers and if it makes just ONE child think about the dangers then it's worth it.
The answer is know your waters that your going to mess about inn
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coyr82[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Shame the woman didn't teach her son not to jump off dangerous things[/p][/quote]what a ignorant thing to say, do you know this man ? i went to school with nick and have seen him a few times since his awful accident, the way he has got on with his life and made the best he can of a split second error of judgement would be an inspiration to any normal person. to me the family are just trying to highlight the dangers of tombstoning , besides would every 17 year old do as they are told/taught to do all the time ? i certainly didnt[/p][/quote]I also know Nick and he is a great lad that was in an awful and avoidable accident. Carol is doing the right thing, she is only trying to highlight the dangers and if it makes just ONE child think about the dangers then it's worth it.[/p][/quote]The answer is know your waters that your going to mess about inn southy
  • Score: 0

6:02pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Lennyb80 says...

Mary80 wrote:
Shame the woman didn't teach her son not to jump off dangerous things
Speaking as Nick's older sister, I know fully well if you tell nick not to do something, he'll go and do it more than ever.

Also, knowing the effect that this has had on this family, mum is merely trying to stop another family having to go through this ordeal.

Yes we all know what Nick did was stupid and completely his own fault.

He'd done it many times before with no problem, just on this occasion the water level was lower and he should have checked beforehand, but this is a decision he made and we all have to live with.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Shame the woman didn't teach her son not to jump off dangerous things[/p][/quote]Speaking as Nick's older sister, I know fully well if you tell nick not to do something, he'll go and do it more than ever. Also, knowing the effect that this has had on this family, mum is merely trying to stop another family having to go through this ordeal. Yes we all know what Nick did was stupid and completely his own fault. He'd done it many times before with no problem, just on this occasion the water level was lower and he should have checked beforehand, but this is a decision he made and we all have to live with. Lennyb80
  • Score: 5

7:28pm Sun 2 Feb 14

BeyondImagination says...

coyr82 wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Shame the woman didn't teach her son not to jump off dangerous things
what a ignorant thing to say, do you know this man ? i went to school with nick and have seen him a few times since his awful accident, the way he has got on with his life and made the best he can of a split second error of judgement would be an inspiration to any normal person. to me the family are just trying to highlight the dangers of tombstoning , besides would every 17 year old do as they are told/taught to do all the time ? i certainly didnt
Please explain what a normal person is.
[quote][p][bold]coyr82[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Shame the woman didn't teach her son not to jump off dangerous things[/p][/quote]what a ignorant thing to say, do you know this man ? i went to school with nick and have seen him a few times since his awful accident, the way he has got on with his life and made the best he can of a split second error of judgement would be an inspiration to any normal person. to me the family are just trying to highlight the dangers of tombstoning , besides would every 17 year old do as they are told/taught to do all the time ? i certainly didnt[/p][/quote]Please explain what a normal person is. BeyondImagination
  • Score: -5

8:03pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Norwegian Saint says...

Lennyb80 wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Shame the woman didn't teach her son not to jump off dangerous things
Speaking as Nick's older sister, I know fully well if you tell nick not to do something, he'll go and do it more than ever.

Also, knowing the effect that this has had on this family, mum is merely trying to stop another family having to go through this ordeal.

Yes we all know what Nick did was stupid and completely his own fault.

He'd done it many times before with no problem, just on this occasion the water level was lower and he should have checked beforehand, but this is a decision he made and we all have to live with.
I remember you H ;-)
Hope you and the family are good.
RH x
[quote][p][bold]Lennyb80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Shame the woman didn't teach her son not to jump off dangerous things[/p][/quote]Speaking as Nick's older sister, I know fully well if you tell nick not to do something, he'll go and do it more than ever. Also, knowing the effect that this has had on this family, mum is merely trying to stop another family having to go through this ordeal. Yes we all know what Nick did was stupid and completely his own fault. He'd done it many times before with no problem, just on this occasion the water level was lower and he should have checked beforehand, but this is a decision he made and we all have to live with.[/p][/quote]I remember you H ;-) Hope you and the family are good. RH x Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 0

8:43pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

Lockssmart wrote:
What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.
The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.[/p][/quote]The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll. Inform Al
  • Score: 1

8:52pm Sun 2 Feb 14

housewife says...

Echo : please delete this story ... it is neither news nor local.

Mo Farah chose to jump off a rock into deep water while on holiday.
WTF has that got to do with Hampshire.

The mum of a lad who was a twit realises he was a twit
NOT a reason for a web page.
Echo : please delete this story ... it is neither news nor local. Mo Farah chose to jump off a rock into deep water while on holiday. WTF has that got to do with Hampshire. The mum of a lad who was a twit realises he was a twit NOT a reason for a web page. housewife
  • Score: -3

10:20pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Lockssmart says...

Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.
The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.
Yaw spelling is orful
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.[/p][/quote]The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.[/p][/quote]Yaw spelling is orful Lockssmart
  • Score: 0

10:33pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

Lockssmart wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.
The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.
Yaw spelling is orful
They are called typos to non pedantic non twits.
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.[/p][/quote]The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.[/p][/quote]Yaw spelling is orful[/p][/quote]They are called typos to non pedantic non twits. Inform Al
  • Score: 1

8:40am Mon 3 Feb 14

Lockssmart says...

Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.
The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.
Yaw spelling is orful
They are called typos to non pedantic non twits.
You really are one of the most ubnoctuos **** that has left skidmarks on this site. You cannot spell, take criticism or ever change your boring tune. If you are **** enough to go tombstoning, expect the consequences that go along with it.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.[/p][/quote]The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.[/p][/quote]Yaw spelling is orful[/p][/quote]They are called typos to non pedantic non twits.[/p][/quote]You really are one of the most ubnoctuos **** that has left skidmarks on this site. You cannot spell, take criticism or ever change your boring tune. If you are **** enough to go tombstoning, expect the consequences that go along with it. Lockssmart
  • Score: 0

10:25am Mon 3 Feb 14

SilvanDryad says...

So the mum is complaining about susceptible members of the public seeing the video and possibly copying it with tragic consequences and the Echo puts it on their website for more people to see. Der!
So the mum is complaining about susceptible members of the public seeing the video and possibly copying it with tragic consequences and the Echo puts it on their website for more people to see. Der! SilvanDryad
  • Score: 1

12:02pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

Lockssmart wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.
The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.
Yaw spelling is orful
They are called typos to non pedantic non twits.
You really are one of the most ubnoctuos **** that has left skidmarks on this site. You cannot spell, take criticism or ever change your boring tune. If you are **** enough to go tombstoning, expect the consequences that go along with it.
Take it that was a typo then tw4t
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.[/p][/quote]The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.[/p][/quote]Yaw spelling is orful[/p][/quote]They are called typos to non pedantic non twits.[/p][/quote]You really are one of the most ubnoctuos **** that has left skidmarks on this site. You cannot spell, take criticism or ever change your boring tune. If you are **** enough to go tombstoning, expect the consequences that go along with it.[/p][/quote]Take it that was a typo then tw4t Inform Al
  • Score: 0

12:04pm Mon 3 Feb 14

From the sidelines says...

Look before you leap.
Look before you leap. From the sidelines
  • Score: 0

12:31pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Lockssmart says...

Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.
The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.
Yaw spelling is orful
They are called typos to non pedantic non twits.
You really are one of the most ubnoctuos **** that has left skidmarks on this site. You cannot spell, take criticism or ever change your boring tune. If you are **** enough to go tombstoning, expect the consequences that go along with it.
Take it that was a typo then tw4t
What, no question mark? Illiterate fool.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.[/p][/quote]The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.[/p][/quote]Yaw spelling is orful[/p][/quote]They are called typos to non pedantic non twits.[/p][/quote]You really are one of the most ubnoctuos **** that has left skidmarks on this site. You cannot spell, take criticism or ever change your boring tune. If you are **** enough to go tombstoning, expect the consequences that go along with it.[/p][/quote]Take it that was a typo then tw4t[/p][/quote]What, no question mark? Illiterate fool. Lockssmart
  • Score: 0

1:16pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

Lockssmart wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.
The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.
Yaw spelling is orful
They are called typos to non pedantic non twits.
You really are one of the most ubnoctuos **** that has left skidmarks on this site. You cannot spell, take criticism or ever change your boring tune. If you are **** enough to go tombstoning, expect the consequences that go along with it.
Take it that was a typo then tw4t
What, no question mark? Illiterate fool.
I'm not in the habit of putting a question mark after a statement. I suppose you still have nothing sensible to say on the subect of the original post,. not a question by the way, that is a statement
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.[/p][/quote]The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.[/p][/quote]Yaw spelling is orful[/p][/quote]They are called typos to non pedantic non twits.[/p][/quote]You really are one of the most ubnoctuos **** that has left skidmarks on this site. You cannot spell, take criticism or ever change your boring tune. If you are **** enough to go tombstoning, expect the consequences that go along with it.[/p][/quote]Take it that was a typo then tw4t[/p][/quote]What, no question mark? Illiterate fool.[/p][/quote]I'm not in the habit of putting a question mark after a statement. I suppose you still have nothing sensible to say on the subect of the original post,. not a question by the way, that is a statement Inform Al
  • Score: 0

3:20pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Lockssmart says...

Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.
The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.
Yaw spelling is orful
They are called typos to non pedantic non twits.
You really are one of the most ubnoctuos **** that has left skidmarks on this site. You cannot spell, take criticism or ever change your boring tune. If you are **** enough to go tombstoning, expect the consequences that go along with it.
Take it that was a typo then tw4t
What, no question mark? Illiterate fool.
I'm not in the habit of putting a question mark after a statement. I suppose you still have nothing sensible to say on the subect of the original post,. not a question by the way, that is a statement
At least you made me laugh with that last one.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: What! No pithy reply from Inform Al. You're slipping sweety.[/p][/quote]The Mother of a young man who broke his neck jumping into water that was not as deep as he thought, tried to warn otrhers of the dangers of copying an idol as they also may not see the dangers of leaping into water, and then we gety crap resoponses such as yours. You are a troll.[/p][/quote]Yaw spelling is orful[/p][/quote]They are called typos to non pedantic non twits.[/p][/quote]You really are one of the most ubnoctuos **** that has left skidmarks on this site. You cannot spell, take criticism or ever change your boring tune. If you are **** enough to go tombstoning, expect the consequences that go along with it.[/p][/quote]Take it that was a typo then tw4t[/p][/quote]What, no question mark? Illiterate fool.[/p][/quote]I'm not in the habit of putting a question mark after a statement. I suppose you still have nothing sensible to say on the subect of the original post,. not a question by the way, that is a statement[/p][/quote]At least you made me laugh with that last one. Lockssmart
  • Score: 0

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