Tributes left at coast as coroner names man who died following incident near Souter Lighthouse after reports 'vehicle had gone into the sea'

Floral tributes have been left near the scene of where the body of a man was recovered from a vehicle which went into the sea near Souter Lighthouse, according to Northumbria Police.

By James Harrison
Monday, 20th June 2022, 10:02 am
Updated Monday, 20th June 2022, 2:52 pm

According to the force, officers were alerted early on Saturday (June 18) morning and has now revealed one person was found dead following the incident near Marsden, South Shields.

Following this, the Coroner’s Office for Gateshead and South Tyneside has now confirmed his identity as 29-year-old Peter James Whale.

Flowers, along with message of sympathy, were being left by a stretch of coastal footpath today.

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Tributes left at Souter cliff top.

A force spokesperson said: “Shortly after 5.40am on Saturday (June 18) police received a report a vehicle had gone into the sea, near Souter Lighthouse.

“Officers and emergency services attended the scene and sadly the body of a 29-year-old man was recovered from the vehicle.

“The man’s next of kin have been contacted and are being supported by specialist officers at this time.

“There is not believed to be any third party involvement and a report is being prepared for the coroner.”

Police confirmed the body of a 29-year-old man had been recovered.