Boy airlifted to hospital after 60ft cliff plunge

RESCUE SCENE ... Frenchman's Bay at Marsden.

RESCUE SCENE ... Frenchman's Bay at Marsden.

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A SCHOOLBOY was airlifted to hospital last night after plunging 60 feet down cliffs on to rocks at South Tyneside seafront.

The 15-year-old suffered a badly broken leg after falling from cliffs on to rocks at Frenchman’s Bay, Marsden, South Shields, just before 7pm.

His screams were heard by passers-by who dialled 999.

Tynemouth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat sped to the scene, as an RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer was also scrambled.

The lifeboat crew was assisted by members of the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade on the cliff top, who spotted the boy, who had a compound fracture of his leg which was bleeding.

The rescuers made the boy comfortable and gave him oxygen while they waited for the RAF helicopter, which winched him aboard before taking him to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.