Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched this morning after a car went over cliffs at Marsden Grotto, South Shields.
Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat at 10:08 following a request for assistance by Northumbria Police after they had responded to calls reporting tyre marks and a smashed barrier on the cliff top. Investigating further, officers saw a wrecked car at the foot of the cliffs.
As the lifeboat neared the scene, Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team, more police officers, Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue and North East Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team also arrived, along with the Northumbria police helicopter.
A male casualty thought to have been in his early 20s was discovered in the vehicle and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
The task of recording the scene and recovering the body took several hours. It was then taken by the volunteer lifeboat crew to waiting funeral directors at South Shields ferry landing before the lifeboat returned to station at 13:20.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble