Wheelchair goes over cliffs at South Shields after woman suffers fall

A woman was treated by paramedics after a fall at the South Shields coast.

The North East Ambulance Service was called to the Coast Road in South Shields.
The North East Ambulance Service was called to the Coast Road in South Shields.

South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade were called to the town’s Coast Road to assist a woman who had fallen from her wheelchair at around 11.30pm on Thursday, January 9.

A post on the brigade’s official Facebook page added: “When team members arrived we found that the casualty had fallen from their wheelchair and it had fallen over the cliff.

“Although uninjured the casualty was loaded onto a stretcher and into an ambulance as this was the only way to transport them.”

A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service confirmed it was called shortly before 11.30pm on Thursday.

She added: “We dispatched two Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) crews and a double-crewed ambulance.

“The patient was assisted at the scene and did not require hospital treatment.”

Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team also attended the scene, alongside Northumbria Police.