River rescue drama after man falls from Wearmouth Bridge

A major emergency response was sparked after a man plunged into the River Wear from Wearmouth Bridge.
A major emergency response was sparked after a man plunged into the River Wear from Wearmouth Bridge.
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Emergency services carried out a dramatic river rescue after a man plunged into waters from a Wearside bridge.

A major land and sea operation was scrambled at 12.40am today after coastguards were alerted that a man had fallen into the River Wear from the Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland.

Emergency services were called to the River Wear to rescue a man from the waters.

Emergency services were called to the River Wear to rescue a man from the waters.

The alarm was raised with coastguards by police after reports a man had jumped from the bridge.

Police, the ambulance service and fire crews from Fulwell and Byker were swiftly despatched, along with coastguards and the Sunderland RNLI boat.

The man, whose age is not known, was discovered in the waters and safely taken back onto dry land.

He was then taken to hospital via ambulance for medical assistance.

Emergency services were called to the River Wear to rescue a man from the waters.

Emergency services were called to the River Wear to rescue a man from the waters.

His condition is not currently known.

A coastguard spokesman said: "We received a call at 12.41am of a person who had jumped from the Wearmouth Bridge into the River Wear.

"Coastguards, the police, the ambulance service, fire crews and the Sunderland RNLI attended the scene.

"The casualty was recovered from the water and was placed in an ambulance within half an hour.

Emergency services were called to the River Wear to rescue a man from the waters.

Emergency services were called to the River Wear to rescue a man from the waters.

"We do not know his current condition."

A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called to the south side of Wearmouth Bridge after reports a man had jumped into the water.

"The male was transported to Newcastle's RVI Hospital by ambulance."