Man in hospital after falling from cliffs in Sunderland

A man is in hospital after being rescued by lifeboat following a fall from cliffs in Sunderland early today.

Sunday, 26th January 2020, 3:43 pm

Emergency services, including Coastguard teams from Sunderland and Seaham, both Sunderland RNLI lifeboats and the North East Ambulance Service, were called to the cliffs in Ryhope at around 9.30am this morning, Sunday, January 26.

A Humber Coastguard spokesman confirmed one man had been removed from the beach by lifeboat and taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment: “Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team, Seaham Coastguard Rescue Team and both Sunderland RNLI lifeboats have been tasked following a report of a male falling from the cliffs at Ryhope,” he said.

“The casualty has been transferred from the beach by lifeboat and then transferred into the care of the ambulance service and is being treated at hospital.”

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Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team members on the beach. Picture: SCRT
Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team members on the beach. Picture: SCRT

The man’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

A Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team spokesman said: “Coastguard officers from Sunderland and Seaham Coastguard were called out this morning with both lifeboats from RNLI - Sunderland Lifeboat Station and the North East Ambulance Service to a person who had fallen from the cliffs at Ryhope.

“On arrival Coastguard officers gave immediate casualty care to the man who had fallen around 25 to 30 feet and was suffering leg injuries.

“Working with the ambulance service Hazardous Area Response Team the casualty was packaged and carried some distance to the awaiting lifeboat where he was transferred to Sunderland Marina to be taken to hospital.