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.

Friday, 10th January 2020, 1:06 pm
Updated Friday, 10th January 2020, 2:10 pm
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.”

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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.