Cliff-safety warning after girl’s 100ft fall

WARNING ... the National Trust's Nick Dolan. Inset, the police helicopter on Marsden Beach to airlift the injured girl.
WARNING ... the National Trust's Nick Dolan. Inset, the police helicopter on Marsden Beach to airlift the injured girl.

PEOPLE have been warned to beware of the dangers of South Tyneside’s coastline after a teenager fell 100 ft from a clifftop.

The 16-year-old went over the cliffs near the Grotto pub at Marsden, South Shields, on Wednesday at about 7.50pm.

She fell 65ft and landed on a grass-covered ledge, before falling a similar distance to rocks below.

Emergency services were called to the coast, and the girl was airlifted by police helicopter to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

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She is understood to have suffered head, neck and pelvic injuries, and a dislocated arm, and she is in a critical condition.

Meanwhile, National Trust bosses, who manage the area where the girl fell, today urged people to be aware of the dangers along the coastline.

Nick Dolan, property manager of The Leas and Souter Lighthouse, said: “My colleagues and I were saddened to hear of this incident, and wish the young lady well.

“As a matter of course, we constantly check the barriers and warning signs along this beautiful stretch of coast, which are there to keep people away from the edge of the cliffs.

“Erosion, through the actions of the weather and the waves, has given us a spectacular rugged coastal landscape.

“But we urge people to be aware of the dangers of the high cliffs and rocky outcrops which are such a feature of this location, heed the warning signs, and keep to the landward side of the barriers, for their own safety.”

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