EMERGENCY services spent three hours bringing a woman to safety after she threatened to jump from Wearmouth Bridge this morning.
Police, ambulance service, fire crews, coastguard and RNLI teams were on standby at the bridge as a police negotiator tried to coax the 18-year-old back onto the right side of the railings.
The rescue, which involved six fire appliances from stations including Fulwell and South Shields fire stations, began about 4.30am.
The young woman was finally brought to safety by two fire fighters from South Shields station just after 7am.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said she was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital following the event.