Rescue operation launched after man sustains injuries in fall at Marsden Quarry

A man has been injured after slipping into a quarry during an incident which sparked a call to police.

Monday, 4th November 2019, 3:02 pm
Police were called out to Marsden Quarry on Saturday morning

Northumbria Police was called to Marsden Quarry, off the Coast Road at Whitburn, on Saturday, with other emergency services then called in after the man’s fall just before 8.30am.

The North East Ambulance Service said it sent three Hazardous Areas Rescue Teams (Hart) and an ambulance to the scene and took the man to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary with injuries.

The Sunderland Coastguard Team, South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service also lent their support to police and paramedics.

Marsden Quarry

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A police spokesperson said: “Police were called to the area as part of an incident, and police have had their attention drawn to a male at the quarry.

“The male has then accidentally slipped down the side of the quarry.

“The police have then assisted other emergency agencies.”

A spokesperson for the Coastguard team said: “Rescue officers assisted other services and quarry workers in evacuating the man to a waiting ambulance before his removal to hospital for treatment for undisclosed injuries.”

The fire service said it sent five appliances to the scene, with crews sent from South Shields, Hebburn, Sunderland Central and Washington, as well as two officers. Its rope rescue crew was part of the call-out, but was not required.