Holidaymakers should be aware of the dangers of diving into shallow water and the risks posed by water parks, a spinal surgeon has warned.

“A moment of madness” can result in major injuries, paralysis and even death, says Evan Davies, from University Hospital Southampton.

He recently operated on a patient who had fractured his spine diving into hidden rocks in Croatia.

Another man snapped vertebrae in his neck on a water slide in Spain.

David Briffaut, 23, lost consciousness after hitting the water at the bottom of the Splash ride at Aqualandia in Benidorm on 8 July.

He was seriously injured in the incident and could be left paralysed.

Mr Davies urged people going on holiday to look out for potential risks, because “life can change in an instant”.

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