999 callout as three-year-old child stops breathing at Seaburn

Emergency services were called to assist with two incidents on the Sunderland seafront after a child stopped breathing and a man collapsed.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 3:07 pm

Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team was first called to Hendon at 12.50 pm yesterday, Wednesday, June 9 after reports of a man who had collapsed on the rocks there.

But on arrival the team was immediately redirected to Seaburn where a three-year-old child had stopped breathing.

A statement from the team said that when they got to the scene the child had started breathing and was receiving care from the ambulance service.

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The coastguard was called to Hendon and Seaburn on Wednesday, June 9./Photo: Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team

The North Ambulance Service (NEAS) confirmed they were called to the incident outside Michella’s in Seaburn and that the child was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital.

A spokesperson said: "We were called at 12.43 pm yesterday to outside Minchella’s to reports of an infant unwell.

"We sent one ambulance and took the patient to Sunderland Royal Hospital.”

After the child was taken to hospital the coastguard team members then headed back to the incident at Hendon.

A Hazardous Area Response Team from the ambulance service had recovered the man from the rocks.

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A spokesperson for NEAS said: “We were called at 12.08 pm yesterday to a person unwell on Hendon Beach. We sent our Hazardous Area Response Team and stood down on scene.

"The patient made their own way to hospital.”

The coastguard team shared details of the incidents on Facebook: “The team were called out this lunchtime to reports of a gentleman who had collapsed on the rocks at Hendon.

"As we arrived at station we were re-paged to head immediately to Seaburn to assist North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and RNLI Lifeguards Tyne & Wear with reports of a three-year-old child who had stopped breathing.

“Thankfully on our arrival the child had started breathing and was in the care of the ambulance service so we were able to proceed to Hendon for our original incident.

“As we arrived on scene the casualty had been recovered from the rocks by the Hazardous Area Response Team from the ambulance service and was in their care.”

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