Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Injured Woman Rescued After Car Cliff Plunge

A WOMAN seriously injured after her car plunged 80 feet from South Tyneside cliffs was rescued during the night in a major emergency services operation.

The alarm was raised at 2am and police and paramedics initially responded to the incident on the beach near Marsden Grotto.

Humber Coastguard were asked to assist and they immediately requested the launch of both Tynemouth RNLI inshore and all weather lifeboats, assisted by Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade on shore.

As the lifeboats sped to the incident, it was confirmed that the casualty, a 25 year-old female, had survived the fall and was conscious, although seriously injured.

As paramedics from the North East Ambulance Hazardous Area Team treated the woman, firefighters began cutting her from the wreckage.

Owing to poor visibility caused by fog it was impossible to extract the casualty from the beach by rescue helicopter so it was decided that the best course of action would be to do this using the Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats.

Once out of the car, the woman was put on a stretcher and prepared for transfer by the paramedics before being carried on to the inshore lifeboat which took her to the all weather lifeboat that was standing by off the beach. She was transferred to the larger lifeboat, accompanied by two paramedics, then taken to a waiting ambulance at South Shields ferry landing.

Once she was on her way to hospital, the lifeboats and other teams were stood down at 3.30am.

UPDATE: 10:30 – the casualty’s has been reported as being stable at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Lifeboats (both relief): 17-17 Fraser Flyer, D-780 Hicks’ Help