Man taken to hospital after 'fall on the cliffs' at Cullercoats Bay

A male has been rushed to hospital after reports of a fall on the cliffs in the Cullercoats Bay area on Sunday evening.

An extensive emergency services response saw the coastguard, ambulance service, police, lifeboat and air ambulance all in attendance. The emergency services were called at around 6pm.

The person has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for further treatment. Passers-by reported that the emergency response lasted around an hour.

In a statement, a spokesperson for North East Ambulance Service said: "We were called out 6.10pm this evening to a person who had fallen on the cliffs near Grand Parade, Tynemouth.

"We dispatched a duty officer, clinical team leader, four vehicles from our Hazardous Area Response Team, a double crewed ambulance and requested support from our colleagues at HM Coastguard and Great North Air Ambulance. One patient was taken by road to the Royal Victoria Infirmary."

It is understood that the emergency response focused on the Cullercoats Bay area. A spokesperson for HM Coastguard added while the incident was ongoing: "HM Coastguard is responding to reports that a man has fallen in the Cullercoats Bay area this evening, 12 May. Alerted at around 6pm, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and an inshore lifeboat from Cullercoats RNLI has been sent to the scene."

A spokesperson for the Great North Air Ambulance Service added: "Our doctor-led team were activated to an incident at 18.13. They flew to the scene and arrived at 18.31, they worked with the North East Ambulance Service to treat the patient before accompanying them to hospital by road."