Woman threatened to jump in Wearmouth Bridge drama

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QUICK-thinking passers-by rushed to hold on to a woman who was threatening to jump off the Wearmouth Bridge

The 29-year-old was spotted climbing over its railings in a “distressed state”.

Eyewitnesses said she was walking over the bridge near to the Echo 24 building just before 7.30pm yesterday.

Police, the fire service and paramedics were called to the scene and the RNLI was asked to launch by the Coastguard and its inshore lifeboat was sent to the scene.

When the emergency services arrived, they found people holding on to the woman, who was threatening to make the 100ft jump.

Firefighters were kitted out in specialist rope rescue equipment before climbing over the railing to secure the women in a rescue strop.

Once secured, she was pulled back over the railings by the crew and police.

She was then detained under the mental health act.

Northumbria Police today said it had received a number of calls from people concerned for the woman, who is local to the area.

A spokesman said: “Police were called at 7.27pm last night over concern for a woman on the wrong side of railings on the Wearmouth Bridge.

“Officers attended and a 29-year-old woman was brought to safety.

“She was then detained under the mental health act.”

Helmsman Anthony Jobling, of Sunderland RNLI, said: “Thankfully the emergency services were able to bring this incident to a swift and successful conclusion with firefighters using their specialist rope rescue equipment to haul the women back over the railings to safety.”