Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Man In Cliff Standoff

A TENSE standoff took place between emergency services and a man threatening to jump from cliffs at South Tyneside on Thursday afternoon in an operation that included both Tynemouth RNLI inshore and all weather lifeboats.

The alarm was raised shortly before 16:00 when the man was seen threatening to jump from the cliff near Marsden Grotto.

UK Coastguards’s Humber Operations requested the launch of both Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats. South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to assist on shore, joining Fire & Rescue, Police and Paramedic teams.

The lifeboats sped to the scene then stood by, keeping a discreet distance away from the man’s location.

After 30 minutes the man fell a short distance down the cliff slope, landing in an area inaccessible other than by rope but without suffering significant injury. Rope rescue equipment was deployed by the land teams but the man refused to allow anyone to approach.

After the situation had been ongoing for two hours, Police officers eventually persuaded the man to come back up the cliff, and he was taken into their custody and into the care of Paramedics.

All of the rescue teams were then stood down and the lifeboats returned to station, arriving at 18:10.

Lifeboats: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland and D-693 Mark Noble