A rescue operation was launched this morning after a man fell from cliffs in South Tyneside.
The man, believed to be in his early 20s, was taken to hospital suffering from multiple injuries and a number of broken bones.
The alarm was raised just after 2.30am when the man was discovered at the bottom of rocks at Frenchman's Bay in South Shields.
Both Tynemouth RNLI inshore and all weather lifeboats were launched and a total of nine volunteer crew members took part in the rescue operation.
Police and paramedics were already at the scene.
The man was taken from the beach by inshore lifeboat before being transferred to the all weather lifeboat which took him to a waiting ambulance at South Shields ferry landing.
South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade were also in attendance.
Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station, said: "The man had fallen some distance down the cliff onto the beach, sustaining multiple serious injuries and bleeding badly, but amazingly he was concious throughout his ordeal.
"Our volunteer lifeboat crew members followed their extensive training and used their experience in poor sea conditions, working with the Coastguard and other emergency services in a coordinated rescue effort to get the injured man to hospital as fast as possible.
"At this time it's not known how the man came to fall from the cliff but we hope he makes a full recovery".