Emergency services called as person falls from cliff top in South Shields

Rescue teams were called as a person fell from a cliff top in South Shields on Monday afternoon.

By Pamela Bilalova
Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 9:50 am

Police, ambulance and coastguard rescue officers attended the incident in the Trow Rock area on Monday, July 5.

Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team, who were called to the scene just after 2.30 pm, have said that a ‘casualty’ fell from the cliffs shortly after they arrived.

Coastguard rescue officers, including a paramedic, made their way to the casualty with a rope rescue equipment and provided vital care.

The Coastguard was called to the incident just after 2.30 pm on Monday, July 5/ Photo: Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team

The person was then lifted back to the cliff top by a Coastguard helicopter and was taken to hospital.

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Detailing the incident in a statement on Monday evening, the Coastguard said: “This afternoon the team were called to assist Northumbria Police with an incident in the vicinity of Trow Rock, South Shields.

“Shortly after arriving on scene a casualty fell from the cliff top.

Rescue teams provided vital care to the casualty./Photo: Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team

“Coastguard Rescue Officers (one of which a paramedic) made their way to the casualty using rope rescue equipment and began administering vital casualty care, they were almost immediately met by a team from Tynemouth Lifeboat Station.

“A second team of Coastguard Rescue Officers made their way around the base of the cliff alongside the HART team from North East Ambulance Service to assist the primary team.

“Coastguard Helicopter "Rescue 912" arrived on scene and winched the casualty to the cliff top.

"After some further treatment by paramedics and the Great North Air Ambulance team the casualty was transferred to hospital in a waiting ambulance.”

The casualty was lifted back to the cliff top by a helicopter./Photo: Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team

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The Great North Air Ambulance assisted at the scene. Photo: Andrew McMann.
The incident involved team work from various emergency service crews. Photo: Andrew McMann.