Tyne & Wear

Angler in South Shields cliff rescue after fall

The cliff with emergency services at the top and bottom Image copyright Adrian Don/RNLI
Image caption Paramedics managed to get to the angler from the top of the cliff but deemed it impossible to get him back up it due to the pain he was in

An angler who broke his ankle after falling at the bottom of a cliff had to be rescued by two lifeboats and a helicopter.

A paramedic was lowered down to the foot of the cliff at Frenchman's Bay at South Shields at about 09:30 GMT.

The decision was taken to rescue him on a stretcher aboard Tynemouth RNLI's inshore boat.

He was then transferred to the larger all weather boat from where he was winched onto a Coastguard helicopter.

Image copyright Adrian Don/RNLI
Image caption The man was winched on to the Coastguard helicopter

The injured man was then flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI, said: "The rescue operation was complicated but our volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew members worked with the paramedics and helicopter crew to effect a prompt and safe rescue.

"We wish the casualty a speedy recovery and hope his Christmas isn't too spoilt."

Image copyright Adrian Don/RNLI
Image caption The operation involved paramedics, the RNLI and the Coastguard

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