A rescue operation has come to a close after a man fell a short distance down cliffs.
The emergency services were called to Marsden at 3.20pm today after the man was seen on the wrong side of the fence by police officers.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said the man, aged in his 50s, had fallen a short distance down the cliff face but did not appear to have sustained any injuries.
The incident came to a close at 5.50pm, when the man was brought to safety and taken to hospital.
She added: “The emergency services all worked together very well to bring this man to safety.”
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said it had sent three appliances and an officer on the scene after the alert was reported.
Sunderland’s Coastguard team, South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and Tynemouth RNLI were also involved in the rescue, a short distance away from Marsden Grotto.
The North East Ambulance Service was called to the scene just before 3.30pm following concerns raised for the man’s welfare.
Its Hazardous Area Response Team, which is a group of paramedics trained to go into the ‘hot zone’ of incidents, was also drafted in to assist.
A spokesman for Sunderland's Coastguard team said it joined the life brigade crew and added: "After a period of time with the person being spoken to by police negotiator and a member of the family, the person was brought to safety and the right side of the railings.
"Once into the care of the ambulance service both teams were stood down."