Man feared dead after incident at cliffs

Lizard Point at The Leas Souter Lighthouse
Lizard Point at The Leas Souter Lighthouse

A rescue operation was launched today after a man was found at the bottom of cliffs in South Tyneside.

Emergency services were called to Lizard Point, just north of Souter Lighthouse, after the alarm was raised just after 9am.

Members of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade were able to reach the man on foot and transfer him to a waiting boat crewed by volunteers from Sunderland RNLI.

They were assisted by Sunderland Coastguard.

The man was taken to Sunderland Lifeboat Station where he was taken to hospital by ambulance.

His condition has not yet been officially confirmed but it is understood that he was dead.

A spokesman for the Coastguard said: “We were called to assist with someone who had been found at the bottom of cliffs. They were taken to Sunderland Lifeboat station where they were passed onto the care of the ambulance.”

Honorary Secretary of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade Tom Fennelly said: “We were called at just after 9am to go to the location just north of Souter Lighthouse where there was a report of a casualty at the bottom of the cliffs.

“When we arrived we assisted the police and we set about the recovery process working with out colleagues from Sunderland Coastguard and Sunderland RNLI.

“The casualty was recovered with the help of two of our members who had made their way around to where the casualty on foot. The casualty was then taken to the lifeboat station by the inshore lifeboat.”

“The operation took around two and a half hours and with efficient working with all the teams involved.”