Boy, 11, taken to hospital after 18ft fall from Sunderland beach wall onto concrete below

An 11-year-old boy has been taken to hospital after falling 18ft at Hendon Promenade as emergency services warn it could have had much more ‘serious consequences’.

Thursday, 26th September 2019, 9:05 am
Updated Thursday, 26th September 2019, 3:14 pm
The incident happened near Hendon Beach Promenade, Sunderland

Paramedics and a coastguard rescue team were called to Hendon Promenade at around 7.10pm on Wednesday, September 25.

An 11-year-old boy had fallen about 18ft onto concrete slabs on the beach below and had sustained leg injuries believed to be a broken leg.

The boy was carried in a stretcher to a waiting ambulance on the promenade and taken to the A&E department at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

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Now the coastguard is warning youngsters to be aware of the dangers of climbing on the sea walls.

A spokesman for Sunderland Coastguard said: “Fortunately the tide was out at the time, otherwise the incident may have had more serious consequences.

“Youngsters and their parents/guardians are warned of the dangers of sitting or climbing near the edges of sea walls, which can become very slippery.”