Woman whose car fell 80ft from South Shields cliffs in 'critical but stable' condition

A car which went off the cliffs at Marsden Grotto. Picture by: @NEAS_HART
A car which went off the cliffs at Marsden Grotto. Picture by: @NEAS_HART

A woman whose car plunged 80ft from some South Shields cliffs remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The 25-year-old's vehicle went off the top of cliffs at Marsden Grotto in the early hours of Monday.

Police were called to the scene at 1.52am this morning and a car was found on the beach below the cliffs, at South Shields.

The woman was extracted from the vehicle and taken to Newcastle's RVI with serious injuries, after being evacuated from the beach via lifeboat.

A police spokeswoman said today her condition is "critical but stable".

The car had gone through fencing on the cliff top and came to rest on the beach below.

Humber Coastguard were asked to assist and requested the launch of both Tynemouth RNLI inshore and all weather lifeboats, assisted by Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade on shore.

The spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI said the woman was conscious, although seriously injured.

Police are investigating how the vehicle came over the cliff and anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference 67 of 13/06/16.