A SCHOOLBOY who fell 60ft down a South Tyneside cliff is lucky to be alive, say rescuers.
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 yesterday.
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 scrambled, and when it arrived he was flown to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment.
Adrian Don, RNLI spokesman, said the teenager’s injuries could have been an awful lot worse.
He said: “Sixty feet is quite a distance to fall. In a way, despite his injuries, he was lucky to land on his leg.
“If it hadbeen his head, well, I think the situation could have been an awful lot worse.
“I think this youngster is very lucky to be alive.”