Dramatic rescue after youth falls 15ft down cliffs in South Tyneside

The rescuers on the rocks. Photo by Sunderland Coastguard.
The rescuers on the rocks. Photo by Sunderland Coastguard.
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A dramatic rescue operation was launched after a youth fell 15ft down cliffs at South Shields.

Emergency crews were called to Fisherman's Bay, near Marsden, shortly before 3pm today following reports a young man had fallen onto the rocks below.

The emergency services on the scene at Frenchman's Bay. Photo by Sunderland Coastguard.

The emergency services on the scene at Frenchman's Bay. Photo by Sunderland Coastguard.

A joint rescue operation was carried out by fire services, ambulance, police, the RNLI and Sunderland Coastguard to reach the lad and get him to safety.

A spokeswoman for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said they got the call at 2.51pm.

She said rescue workers managed to climb down to reach the young man and get him onto a spinal stretcher.

She said: "He was then carried to the inshore lifeboat before being transported to South Shields' ferry landing where an ambulance was waiting to take him to South Tyneside Hospital."

Frenchman's Bay in South Shields.

Frenchman's Bay in South Shields.

A spokesman for Sunderland Coastguard, said: "With the extent of injuries the casualty had sustained he was put into a neck brace and into a stretcher, and also given oxygen."

It is believed the youth was suffering from a suspected broken arm and head injuries, but his condition was not thought to be life threatening.