A cyclist was treated by a trauma team after he suffered chest injuries in a fall from his bike.
A member of the public alerted the emergency services after the cyclist fell near Hawthorn Dene, south of Seaham.
The Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) was called to the spot at 9.50am yesterday because of the difficulties in reaching the spot.
The cyclist, a man in his 40s, was treated at the scene by a doctor from the charity’s Guardian of the North helicopter, with his injuries not life-threatening.
The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) was also called to help and he was taken to hospital by road.
His condition was described as stable when he arrived at A&E.
A spokesman for GNAA said: “The aircraft landed near to the patient and he was assessed and treated by the trauma team until land crews were able to reach him and assist.
“After treatment he was taken by road to hospital by NEAS paramedics.”