Man in 85ft bridge fall

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A LIFEBOAT crew and a fisherman saved a man from drowning after he fell 85ft from the Wearmouth Bridge.

The man, in his mid-30s, fell into the River Wear just before 10.45pm yesterday.

A fisherman and police officers on the quayside saw the man struggling in the water 20 metres west of the bridge.

The fisherman passed the man a lifebelt, which he held on to until the RNLI arrived.

The man was given treatment and taken to the specialist trauma centre at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary.