A "tombstoning" accident has left a dad severely injured and out of work after he leaped 30ft onto rocks at a beauty spot.

Gordon Bayne’s leg was broken in five places when he landed on a rocky floor near Callander, Perthshire.

The 34-year-old suffered life-changing leg injuries and had to wait hours before he could be rescued.

Gordon is still recovering from the accident and has now warned others not to take part in the potentially deadly craze, the Daily Record reports.

The dad-of-two, from Larbert, Falkirk, had followed youngsters who were jumping from the same spot at Bracklinn Falls.

Self-employed roofer Gordon is unable to walk and has not been able to work since the June 2 accident.

He said: “If you go tombstoning, your family could end up having to order a tombstone.”

Reliving the moment he diced with death, Gordon said: “I had been jumping from a 10ft spot then decided to go to the higher jump.

"I’d been going in head first but this time I kept my vertical position – which they call ‘tombstoning’ – and it saved my life.”

Gordon returned to the surface in shock and had to wait more than two hours as the Killin Mountain Rescue Team battled tricky conditions to reach him.

Rescuers had to abseil down to reach him, then pull his stretcher to the top.

Gordon was rushed to the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, where he remained for three weeks as surgeons worked on his leg.

He was visited by sons Aaron, 14, and Kieran, 10 – both of whom he wants to learn vital lessons from his experience.

He said: “I would hate to think of my sons or anyone else’s going through what I did, or potentially even worse.

“It will be at least three months before I can walk again and I will have to wait and see if I get the full function back.”

After the accident, Bill Rose, from Killin MRT, said: “It can be tempting to jump in to bodies of water during this weather but you never really know what’s lurking beneath the surface.”

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