Fishermen spark fears of person in the sea after scaling Roker Pier gates

A search of Roker Pier was launched after concerns someone was in the sea during bitter conditions last night.

Sunday, 4th March 2018, 10:13 am
Updated Sunday, 4th March 2018, 10:25 am
Roker Pier has been battered by the sea during the last few days, causing damage to its railings.

Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team joined officers from Northumbria Police at the pier at 8.35pm last night after reports a person could be in the water after someone was seen scaling the gates.A spokesman for the Coastguard team said: "On arrival we met with the first informant and officers from Northumbria Police and began a search of the pier.

"We were backed up by South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade (SSVLB) and the inshore lifeboat fromRNLI - Sunderland Lifeboat Station."It was soon established that the individual and another person were actually fisherman who had scaled the gates and there was no person in the water."They were removed from the pier by police officers who took details for further investigation."A reminder when the pier gates are locked the pier is closed and accessing the pier when it's closed could lead to prosecution under the Port of Sunderland bylaws."

Damage left at Sunderland's North Pier following the stormy weather.

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The service has issued advice that people should call 999 in all coastal emergencies.

The incident comes just days after Sunderland City Council's cabinet secretary, Councillor Mel Speding, issued a plea for people to stay away from the pier after the storm caused damage.

The storms have battered the structure and left railings broken and bent.

On Friday, Coun Speding said: "Roker Pier remains closed to the public, and we will only be able to fully assess any structural storm damage caused by the extreme weather conditions and heavy seas once it is safe to do so.

Members of Sunderland Coast Guard Rescue on the seafront at Roker.

"In the past when the pier has been closed due to weather conditions we have had problems with some people climbing over the gates, but we cannot emphasise enough how dangerous this is.”

A section of the North Pier has collapsed due to the weather conditions.

Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team picture at the pier during last night's call out.
Damage left at Sunderland's North Pier following the stormy weather.
Members of Sunderland Coast Guard Rescue on the seafront at Roker.
Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team picture at the pier during last night's call out.