Sunderland Coastguard called out to Roker Beach twice in the space of two hours
Volunteers from the Sunderland Coastguard were called to Roker Beach twice in as many hours to assist with two separate incidents.
Teams were first called out shortly after 9am on Sunday, March 21 to help the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) when a paddle boarder got into difficult at Roker after they had fallen into the water and were unable to recover themselves.
It is reported that a fellow paddle boarder managed to bring them to shore and the person was checked over by coastguard officers.
Teams were then called out for the second time just after 11am to assist the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) following an elderly lady falling on Roker Beach.
Coastguard volunteers helped the casualty off the beach who was then taken to hospital with an arm injury.
A Sunderland Coastguard spokesperson said: “The team were called out twice this morning within as many hours.
"The first call we were tasked with RNLI - Sunderland Lifeboat Station to a paddle boarder in difficulty at Roker after they had fallen into the water and were unable to recover themselves.
"The second call was also to Roker to assist the ambulance service with an elderly female who had fallen on the beach.
"Working with the Hazardous Area Response Team from the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust we provided casualty care and recovered the casualty off the beach where they were taken to hospital for a arm injury."