Hunt for woman

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A RESCUE operation was launched after fears were raised about a woman standing on the wrong side of Queen Alexandra Bridge’s railings.

A team from Sunderland’s RNLI station joined emergency services after a passing moped rider reported spotting the woman at 10.45pm yesterday.

Police were joined by the RNLI, the force helicopter and HM Coastguard.

Northumbria Police today said despite the extensive search, no one was found and the search had been stepped down.

Paul Nicholson, senior helmsman at Sunderland RNLI, said: “To take into account the fast-flowing water, we were initially tasked to search the river between Liebherr cranes and Queen Alexandra Bridge.

“After a short time it was decided to expand the search area as far as the Wearmouth Bridge.”