A fifteen year-old boy was rescued today by crews from Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station and RAF Boulmer after falling 60 feet down a cliff onto rocks.
The alarm was raised by passers-by who made an emergency call to Humber Coastguard at 6.57pm after they heard the youth screaming for help at Frenchman’s Bay, near Marsden, South Shields
The boy had fallen from the cliff top and landed on sharp rocks below, severely breaking his leg.
Tynemouth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat with three volunteer crew launched and sped to the scene, as an RAF Sea King helicopeter from RAF Boulmer was also scrambled.
Arriving at the scene the lifeboat crew, assisted by members of the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade who were at the cliff top, quickly located the boy and assessed his condition, finding that he had a compound fracture of his leg which was bleeding.
The lifeboat crew, all trained in advanced casualty care, made the boy as comfortable as possible and administered oxygen while they waited for the RAF helicopter which arrived soon after.
The RAF winchman, a trained Paramedic, was lowered to the beach and prepared the boy to be winched on board the helicopter, and gave him a strong painkilling sedative.
Once the casualty was placed in a stretcher he was winched into the helicopter and taken to Newcastle’s RVI hospital.